Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis (F1001)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module builds substantially on areas and concepts introduced in the second year Organometallic module.

The emphasis is mainly descriptive rather than deeply theoretical, but you'll learn about some of the fundamental aspects of bonding and electronic structure.

Specific topics covered in the module include:

  • organometallic compounds of the transition metals and f-elements containing -bound 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-membered aromatic rings
  • the application of organometallic compounds of main group and transition metals in the polymerisation of alpha-olefins
  • the activation of H-H, C-H, and N-N bonds by organometallic complexes.


100%: Lecture


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.