CHM3922 - Synthesis 2: understanding chemical reactions
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Science
Leader(s): Professor Leone Spiccia
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
A general description of the tools and methodology that are used in the determination of reaction mechanisms will be provided. This knowledge will then be used to elucidate the reaction mechanisms of common organic reactions, metal centred and metal mediated reactions. Aspects of NMR spectroscopy will also be introduced as a useful tool to elucidating structure.
On completion of this unit, students will have gained an understanding of the tools and methodology that are used to study the mechanisms of chemical reactions. Particular emphasis will be placed on common organic reactions, metal centred reactions and gas phase reactions; how coordination to a metal centre can enhance the reactivity of organic molecules; and how basic knowledge of reaction mechanisms can be used to study more complex biological, environmental and industrial systems. Students will also have developed skills in problem solving through exercises on reaction mechanisms; gained generic practical skills and enhanced their report writing skills.
Examination (2 hours): 47%
Mid-semester test (1 hour): 23%
Laboratory work and short laboratory reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.
Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week