Master’s studies

Syllabus for Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry

Koordinations- och metallorganisk kemi


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB464
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2014-04-23
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 34, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 90 credits in chemistry including Inorganic Chemistry, 5 credits, or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

After completion of the full course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the structures and stereochemistry of transition metal complexes.
  • Describe and explain the bonding in d-metal complexes and the 18 electron rule.
  • Describe various metal-ligand interactions in terms of hapticity, denticity, sigma- and pi-bonding .
  • Recognise and give examples for fundamental organometallic reactions and describe how they fit into catalytic cycles
  • Account for general catalysis principles and explain the meaning of various terminology associated with catalytic efficiency
  • Account for and describe the mechanism for some commonly used transition metal catalysed processes in organometallic chemistry.


The theory of structure, bonding and reactivity of transition metal compounds . This includes different types of ligands and their bonding modes, ligand substitutions and reactivity, and their roles in fundamental organometallic reactions important for catalysis (such as oxidative addition, reductive elimination, insertions and beta-hydride elimination). . The nature of catalysis including basic principles, how its efficiency is measured (e.g. using TON and TOF), the advantages and disadvantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and how to test for which is operating in a particular reaction. Notable catalytic reactions, such as various forms of coupling reactions and hydrogenation.


Lectures, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.


Written examination at the end of the course, 4 credit. The laboratory course corresponds to 1 credit. . The final grade is a weighted average of the grades from the exam and laboratory course.

Reading list

Applies from: week 33, 2014

  • Spessard, Gary O.; Miessler, Gary L. Organometallic chemistry

    2. ed.: New York: Oxford University Press, 2010

    Find in the library