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SYLLABUS FOR CHEM 641: SELECTED TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

TOPIC: INDUSTRIALLY IMPORTANT PROCESSES MEDIATED BY ORGANOMETALLIC AND INORGANIC PROCESSES

This course is mainly a descriptive chemistry course with a high content of mechanisms. You will be expected to learn the processes and the mechanisms.

TOPICS COVERED:

  1. Main group organometallic chemistry
      Li, Na, K, Mg, B, Al
  2. Insertion Chemistry
    1. Alkene
      1. polymerization
      2. beta-hydride elimination
      3. polymerization types
        1. Ziegler-Natta
        2. anionic
        3. Fischer-Tropsch
      4. dimerization
      5. hydrogenation
      6. hydroformylation
      7. olefin metathesis
    2. Carbon Monoxide
      1. Fischer-Tropsch
      2. hydroformylation (Wacker process)
    3. Alkynes
      1. oligomers
      2. polymers
        1. conductive polymers
        2. substituted acetylene polymers
  3. Pi-Arene Coordination Chemistry
    1. Cyclopropenyl cation
    2. Cyclobutadienyl dication
    3. Cyclopentadienyl anion
    4. Benzenoids
    5. Cycloheptatrienyl cation
    6. Cyclooctatetraene dianion
    7. C2B9H112- and C2B10H122-
  4. Cluster Chemistry
    1. Boranes and carboranes
    2. Metal clusters
  5. Survey of Transition, Lanthanide and Actinide Metal Processes
  6. Some Bioinorganic Chemistry
There will be two tests, a Midterm and a Final, 100 points a piece. For the third grade you will be required to give a 10 to 20 minute presentation on an industrial process or the career of a scientist whose discoveries were important to industrial processes. The presentation will be worth 50 points. Grading in this course will be on a ten (10) point scale. There is no text for this course. Pertinent references will be given as we proceed through the course. Supplemantary material may be displayed on the website http://chemprof.tripod.com/fall06.htm. The same material will also be available on the McNeese Blackboard site.

Dr. Mark S. Delaney
Office: Kirkman 215 A, Lab: Kirkman 215
Office: (337) 475-5956
FAX: (337) 475-5950
E-mail: delaney@mail.mcneese.edu or chemprof2001@yahoo.com

Office Hours: MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am, MW 1:00 - 3:00 pm, TTh 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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