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Prof. Dr. Arne Lützen
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Kekulé-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie
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Monika Klein
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Modul Description

Industrial Inorganic Molecular Chemistry -

Module Description


Module number
WP 1
10 LP
1 semester
annual (summer term)
Module convener
Prof. Dr. A. C. Filippou
teaching unit
Institute of Inorganic Chemitry
Module's applicability MSc Chemistry mode semester
WP 2
Learning objectives
  • Acquisition of advanced knowledge in the field of molecular inorganic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis
  • Profound understanding of the bonding, structure, reactions and industrial use of transition metal- and main group element compounds
  • Consolidation of knowledge of spectroscopic methods and their application in molecular inorganic chemistry
Key competences
  • Profound knowledge of molecular transition-metal and main group element compounds and their application in industrial processes
  • Advanced knowledge in analytical and spectroscopic techniques, and their application in molecular inorganic chemistry
  • Training of special experimental techniques for the preparation and characterization of highly air- and moisture sensitive compounds
Contents Lecture Part Transition Metal Chemitry (60h)
  • Catalytic Hydroformylation
  • Catalytic Hydrogenation
  • Catalytic Olefin polymerisation
  • Catalytic Hydrocyanation, Hydrosilylation and Hydroamination
  • Alkene and Alkyne Metathesis
Lecture Part Main Group Chemistry (60h)
  • Introduction to heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy (II) (7Li, 11B, 19F, 29Si and 31P; hetero- and homonuclear E,E’ couplings; structure discussion)
  • Boron compounds: boranes, hydroboration, trihaloboranes, iminoboranes, borazine, boron clusters, carboboranes
  • Aluminium compounds: synthesis and reaction of MAO (mechanism of Ziegler-Natta polymerisation)
  • Gallium and Indium compounds as single-source precursors for MOCVD
  • Silicon compounds: Diorganodichlorosilanes (Wacker process); silylenes, disilenes, polysilanes; silanols, and polysiloxanes
  • Tin compounds: Triorganylstannanes (hydrostannylation)
  • Phosphorus compounds: synthesis of PIII ligands (complexes, use in catalyses), Aminophosphanes, phosphazenes, polyphosphazenes; Wittig ylides (organic C1 building blocks); phospha alkenes and –alkylynes as new P-C building blocks
Lab course (optional)
  • Syntheses and reactivity studies of molecular transition metal and main group element compounds under inert gas conditions (Schlenk, vacuum line and glove box techniques)
  • Training of purification and characterisation methods under strict anaerobic conditions
  • Purification methods: vacuum distillation, vacuum sublimation, crystallisation, column chromatography under strict anaerobic conditions
  • Characterization methods: heteronuclear NMR-, IR-, Raman-, and UV-Vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, cyclic voltammetry, single-crystal X-ray diffraction
  • SciFinder/Beilstein searches
  • Houben/Weyl (Science of Synthesis)
  • Chemical Abstracts
Prerequisites for participation
passed module MCh 1.1
Courses type of courses size of cohort weekly contact hours workload [h/semester)
lecture 30 4 150
seminar 30 4 150
Examinations graded oral examination
Course achievements necessary to qualify for the module's examination none      
  1. J. F. Hartwig, Organotransition Metal Chemistry (Univ. Sci-ence Books)
  2. D. Steinborn, Grundlagen der metallorganischen Komplexka-talyse
  3. Greenwood/Earnshaw, Chemie der Elemente (Wiley-VCH)


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