spring 2018

KJE-3308 Metal-Organic Compounds in Organic Synthesis - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical subject. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course. This course usually will be given every other year, this means next time will be in 2020.

Admission requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry or equivalent.

Basic knowledge of organic chemistry is required.

Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level.

Course content

Organometallic chemistry is the chemistry of transition metals used in organic synthesis and is routinely used by synthetic chemists.

The course starts with the description of organometallic complexes in terms of electron configuration, bonding and structure. Reaction mechanisms and reactivity of complexes containing different transition metals and ligands are then introduced and applied in the analysis of complex synthetic transformations.

Objectives of the course

After passing the exam, you as a student will:



  • know how to use the 18-electron rule
  • understand how to determine the oxidation state of metals in complexes
  • have an understanding of bonding in organometallic complexes
  • recognize different organometallic reaction mechanisms


  • be capable of drawing reaction mechanisms for organometallic reactions
  • have the ability to compare the reactivity of catalysts
  • recognize the most common named reactions


General competence:

  • be able to deduce the reaction mechanism of organometallic reactions
  • be able to follow reaction sequences in scientific literature
  • know how to choose organometallic reagents for complex transformations
  • have knowledge about the most common named organometallic reactions

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English

Teaching methods

Lectures: 20 h, Seminars: 20 h


Four hour written examination. Examination questions will be given in English, and may be answered either in English or Norwegian/Scandinavian language. Lettergrades (A-F).

Coursework requirements: Students will give (at least) one lecture during the course and must have approved 3 individual writing assignments.

Candidates who do not pass the exam may register for a continuation exam.

Date for examination

Written examination 29.05.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

K-338 Organometallic Compounds in Organic Synthesis 9 stp
KJE-8308 Organometallic compounds in organic synthesis 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

To be announced in Fronter.