Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Phillip Andrews


A general description of the synthetic methods and characterization techniques that are used to prepare coordination complexes and organometallic compounds will be provided together with the tools and methodologies used in the determination of reaction mechanisms and, in particular, metal centred/mediated reactions. Techniques commonly used to study the structure and properties of inorganic complexes will be introduced through the practical classes and a problem based approach.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Derive the structural chemistry of transition metal complexes using various analytical techniques;

  1. Apply knowledge of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics to the stability of transition metal complexes;

  1. Describe and undertake the synthesis and characterisation of main group organometallic complexes;

  1. Understand and demonstrate the relationship between reactivity, selectivity and structure in main group organometallic complexes;

  1. Apply main group organometallic complexes in the asymmetric synthesis of bioactive molecules.


One 2-hour examination: 50%
One mid-semester examination: 20%
Laboratory work and short laboratory reports and proforma reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


CHM2911 and CHM2922. Students without these should consult the third year coordinator.