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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the chemical principles and techniques introduced in CHEM2102-Metals in Molecules and covers several advanced topics concerned with the synthesis of molecules containing metals, or catalysed by metals, and their applications. 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. Appreciation of the roles metals play in conferring important properties to materials is also discussed.

This unit will be offered from: TBA

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the principles and concepts related to advanced topics in synthetic organometallic chemistry; (2) acquire advanced practical skills in performing advanced laboratory procedures for synthetic and analytical chemistry; (3) demonstrate advanced scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork.; and (4) acquire advanced practical skills in the use of instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of inorganic and organometallic compounds.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and worksheets; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final 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 reports and worksheets 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
CHEM2101 Analytical Methods
and CHEM2102 Metals in Molecules
and CHEM3101 Workplace Safety and Advanced Analytical Methods
CHEM3003 Advanced Chemical Synthesis
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 1 hour per week
laboratories: 6 hours per week (for six weeks)
This unit will be offered from: 2025
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  • 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.