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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory practical reports component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor George Koutsantonis
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or Unit(s) CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Successful completion of
Enrolment in
Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.