Inorganic Chemistry I




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Course Contents

1. Representative Chemistry of Main-Group Elements (15)
(a) Organometallic Chemistry of Lithium and Magnesium: synthesis, structure and reactivity
(b) Chemistry of Boron: boranes, bonding in boranes, topology of boranes, synthesis and reactivity, carboranes and metallacarboranes. New Lewis acids based on boron; polymer-supported Lewis acids
(c) Chemistry of Aluminum: Aluminum alkyls, use of aluminum alkyls in polymerization of olefins
(d) C60 and carbon nanotubes: discovery, preparation and selected reactions
(e) Chemistry of Silicon: organosilicon compounds, silicates and aluminosilicates

2. Unusual Compounds of Main-Group Elements (10)
(a) Multiple bonding in heavier main-group elements, unusual compounds of main-group elements: (i) Si-Si double bond, Si-Si triple bond, P-P double bond, Bi-Bi double bond, synthesis, structure and reactivity
(b) Chemistry of low-valent compounds: Synthesis, structure and bonding models and reactivity of Al(I), Si(II) low-valent compounds
(c) Chemistry of stable N-heterocyclic carbenes, use of carbenes in catalysis
Inorganic rings and polymers: cyclo and heterocyclophosphazenes, polysilanes, borazine and boron nitride
3. Chemistry of halogens and noble gases: recent trends, CFC’s and ozone layer (2) 
4. Organometallic Chemistry (15) (a) σ–bonded systems: metal-alkyls, -aryls and -hydrides, stability, preparation and reactivity, metal-carbonyls, metal-phosphines, metal-nitrosyls, metal-isocyanides: structures, reactivity and bonding, Metal-carbenes, metal-carbynes, Fischer carbenes, Schrock carbenes, complexes with N-heterocyclic carbenes, olefin metathesis   (b)π-bonded systems: metal-olefins, -alkyls, -alkynes, -dienes, Cp and Cp*, structure, bonding and reactivity (c) Applications of organometallics in organic synthesis: C-C bond coupling reactions (Heck, Sonogashira, Suzuki), reduction using transition metal hydrides, asymmetric hydrogenation



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    Elschenbroich, C.; and Salzer, A.,Organometallics: A Concise Introduction, 3rd Edn. 1999. Greenwood, N. N.; Earnshaw, A., Chemistry of the Elements, Pergamon Press, 2nd Edn., 2002. Douglas, B.; McDaniel, D.; and Alexander, J., Concepts and Models of Inorganic Chemsitry. 3rd Edn., John Wiley, New York. 1993 Crabtree, R. H. The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, 5th Edn., John Wiley and Sons, 2009 



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