Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student will have a basic knowledge about transition metal complexes. Student will be familiar with the geometry and reactivity of complexes. Student will know the most important reactions and their mechanisms. Moreover the students will get basic knowledge about the industrial use of transition metal complexes.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 24.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Robert Franzen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Robert Franzen

Contact information for the course (valid 08.12.2020-21.12.2112):

University Lecturer Robert Franzen

Contact :

Deptartment of Chemistry and Materials Science

Room C308c

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course is an introduction to transition metal-mediated organic chemistry. Student will be familiar with the reaction mechanism related to Organometallic chemistry. Student will have understanding of different properties that certain organometallic complexes have: Electron count, basicity, electrophility/nucleophilicity, ligand strength/exchange and their industrial use). The main focus will be in homogeneous catalytic systems that are currently used in both academia and industry. Emphasis will also be given to the understanding of properties of organometallic complexes and their interaction with substrates.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, problem sessions, seminars

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h
    Problem sessions 10 h
    Home problem solving 20 h
    Seminars 70 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Clayden-Greeves-Warren, Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press 2012.

    Seleted chapters to be announced in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E4305 Organometallic Chemistry

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-4150 Reactivity in Organic Chemistry or equivalent course (Reactivity of Aromatics)


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will be lectured using Zoom. No teaching will be arranged on the campus.

    First lecture will be on January 12th at 10.15. The invitation (Zoom) will be sent to the participants before the course begins.