spring 2020
KJE-3308 Metal-Organic Compounds in Organic Synthesis - 10 ECTS

Last changed 31.08.2021

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 and practical course. 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. The course is given every second or third year.

Admission requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or equivalent, with a grade C or better in the Norwegian grading system.


  • Expanded knowledge of organic chemistry (KJE-3301 or equivalent).

Course overlap

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

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

The student will have acquired a solid and broad theoretical basis to understand metallo-organic chemistry. This means that the student


  • knows how to use the 18-electron rule
  • understands how to determine the oxidation state of metals in complexes
  • has an understanding of bonding in organometallic complexes
  • recognizes different organometallic reaction mechanisms
  • has knowledge about the most common named organometallic reactions


  • knows how to draw reaction mechanisms for organometallic reactions
  • knows how to compare the reactivity of catalysts
  • recognizes the most common named reactions
  • can deduce the reaction mechanism of organometallic reactions
  • knows how to choose organometallic reagents for complex transformations


  • can follow reaction sequences in scientific literature

Language of instruction

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

Teaching methods

Lab lectures: 20 h

Seminars: 20 h


A 4-hour final written exam counting 100%. Letter grades A-E, F - fail.

  Work requirements:

  • Give at least one lecture
  • 3 approved individually written assignments

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: KJE-3308