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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Organometallics and Polymer Chemistry
Module Code CS301
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mary Pryce
Semester 2: Mary Pryce
Autumn: Mary Pryce
Module TeachersMary Pryce
Mercedes Vazques
Susan Kelleher
Ruairí Brannigan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The first half of this module will introduce organometallic chemistry, and cover aspects such as; bonding to low oxidation state metals, various coordination modes for ligands in organometallic compounds, in addition to the coordination of C-C multiple bonds & polyene type ligands. Reaction types for organometallic compounds, will be discussed in detail and their relevance to catalytic cycles. The second half of this module will introduce aspects of polymer chemistry. This will include synthetic mechanisms like step-growths and chain polymerisation, reaction kinetics as well as application examples of the most important classes of polymers, i.e. polyesters, polyamides and polyacrylates. The module will further introduce basic principles of polymer characterisation and polymer physics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Predict the stability of organometallic compounds
2. To suggest plausible mechanisms of catalytic cycles based on organometallic compounds
3. Know reaction types for organometallic compounds
4. Know the differences between and examples of the most important polymerisation reactions
5. Know basic polymer properties and be able to calculate polymer molecular weights

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Organometallic compounds
Nature of bonding to low oxidation state metals. Ligands in organotransition metal chemistry (eg CO or hydrides). Coordination of C-C multiple bonds & polyene ligands. Reaction types for organometallic compounds. Synthesis and application of organo compounds of group 1, 2, 13 & 14. Industrial catalytic cycles based on organometallic compounds.

Polymer preparation
brief overview

Polymer characterisation
molecular weight distribution, determination of molecular weight, thermal properties, instrumental methods to determine thermal properties. Conducting polymers.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision01-FEB-11

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