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), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 60 credits in chemistry including 15 credits in organic chemistry. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • predicit and explain 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 .
  • apply knowledge of fundamental organometallic reactions to construct catalytic cycles.
  • account for general catalysis principles and explain the meaning of various terminology associated with catalytic efficiency.
  • predict and discuss the selectivity of 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.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

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

    3. ed.: New York: Oxford University Press, 2016

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26