Main Group Molecular Chemistry

Which topics were covered in the lecture? Which focus was set?

The aim of the lectures is to provide a deeper understanding of the coordination chemistry of the main group metals. Special focus is given to the review of literature and the assessment of future applications of main group metal compounds in synthesis and catalysis. Core topics include characterisation of tetrylene, hypervalent compounds, multiple bonds, radicals, aromatics (part of Prof. Inoue) and low valent s/p block compounds including catalytic application, transition metals, frustrated Lewis acid-base pairs (Dr. Hadlington).

How did the Lecturer give this lecture? (blackboard writings, script, slides)

The module consists of a lecture with exercises. In the lecture, the learning content is conveyed using PowerPoint slides. In the exercises, the taught content can be further studied.

How were the tutorial sessions structured? How time-consuming are the exercise sheets?

The time required for the exercise sheets is several hours. With the help of the lecture slides, it is possible to work through the exercises without major difficulties. The solutions were explained clearly with a PowerPoint presentation, so that large parts of the lecture are summarised again and the main points become clearer.

What was the exam like? (written or oral, length of the exam, time required for exam preparations)

The exam is written and lasts 90 minutes. The lecture topics of Prof. Hadlington and Prof. Inoue were asked within the same exam, whereby the tasks were divided separately or not mixed. The time required to prepare for the exam is rather high because many examples and papers were given in the lectures, which is why the material is relatively extensive.

What are the required qualifications for this course? Are there certain bachelor’s or master’s lectures that are fundamental or complementary to this lecture?

The lecture builds on the lecture organometallic chemistry in the fourth semester and basic knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry. However, the relevant knowledge from the bachelor’s degree is repeated, so that hardly any prior knowledge is necessary.

Would you recommend the lecture to others? What was your motivation for choosing this lecture?

I consider the lecture to be a useful introduction to the main groups of molecular chemistry. Especially if you are interested in orbital theory in connection with reactivity and catalytic cycles, the lecture is recommendable. Within the PowerPoint, many references are made to current publications, which provides insight into the current state of research.