CHEM3003 Advanced Chemical Synthesis

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is compulsory for all students taking the synthetic/organic specialisation of the Chemistry major. It builds on the chemical principles and techniques introduced in CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis, covering a number of advanced topics concerned with the synthesis of molecules containing metals or catalysed by metals, and their applications in biology and materials. The unit considers the chemistry of complexes that contain direct metal carbon bonds, as well as the types of ligands that are found, their stability and their reactivity. The roles metals play in conferring important properties to materials, including biological materials, are also developed through the chemistry of metal complexes.
Students are able to (1) understand the principles and concepts related to (a) advanced topics in synthetic organic chemistry; and (b) advanced topics in synthetic organometallic and materials chemistry; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) performing advanced laboratory procedures for synthetic and analytical chemistry; and (b) the use of instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of inorganic and organic compounds; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) laboratory practical reports; and (3) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor George Koutsantonis
Unit rules
(CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry)
(CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
CHEM3301 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
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