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CHM3922 - Synthesis 2: understanding chemical reactions

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Matthew Byrnes


Clayton Second semester 2007 (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.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week


12 points of level-one chemistry and normally CHM2911 and 6 other points of level-two chemistry preferably CHM2922 or CHM2941. Students without these should consult the coordinator.