- Code CHEM3206
- Unit Value 6 units
Over the last 20-30 years the face of chemical synthesis has changed quite dramatically to a realm where many key reactions intimately rely on the presence of a catalyst. Key advances continue to be made in this area particularly with regards to the use of chiral catalysts in the synthesis of enantiomerically pure compounds. This course will focus on the use of catalysts in small molecule synthesis. Approaches may include organo-based, transition metal and main group catalysis, and the role of chiral catalysts in asymmetric synthesis. The laboratory component of the course will aim to further develop skills in chemical synthesis,particularly with regard to the use of catalysts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles and practice of homogenous and heterogenous catalysis in chemistry.
- Work to a professional level in a chemical synthesis laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in the areas of handling of air-sensitive reagents, chromatographic techniques, and spectroscopic characterization
- Demonstrate effective report writing, experimental design and data analysis.
- Understand the chemistry associated with the use of catalysts used in small molecule synthesis.
- Written Exams (mid semester and end of semester) (65) [LO 1,4]
- Laboratory Reports (35) [LO 2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures/tutorials plus 1 x 4 hour laboratory per week.
- Approximately 46 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, workshops and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Weller, Overton, Rourke, Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry, 7th ed.
Claydon, Greeves, Warren, Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed.
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