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Course Jukebox

Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
Semester 5
Course delivery methods
Physical sciences
College of Science and Technology
Campus Talence
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
September - December
Weekday and Period
English, French
Course Number

Coordination Chemistry (CCO 1) and Organometallic Chemistry (CCO 2) University of Bordeaux

Course Overview

This class is divided into two courses CCO 1 (Coordination Chemistry)
and CCO 2 (OrganometallicChemistry):

 > CCO 1 is devoted to the teaching of basic coordination
chemistryapplied to transition elements. Some properties of transition
metal complexeswill be discussed using basic crystal field theory as
well as molecular orbitaltheory. These two theories will be applied to
the mostcommon geometries of coordination complexes, namely
octahedral, tetrahedral andsquare planar geometries. An introduction
to stereochemistry oftransition metal complexes as well as to the
chelate effect will also be provided.

> CCO 2 teaches students to understand how organic molecules orgroups
interact with metals. These metals can be divided into the main group
(sand p blocks of the periodic table), and the transition metals (d
and f blocks). Course content focuses on transition metals, as their
chemistry involvesthe intervention of d and f orbitals that bring new
properties to the related compounds. For example, many of the
transition metal complexes are more effective in catalytic reaction,
on the contrary to main group elements. The main objectives of this
course are to:

- Understand the relationship between the structure of transition
metal complexes and their properties;

- Investigate theirreactivity, especially in organic synthesis;

- Learn the basics of transition metalcomplexes in catalysis.

Learning Achievement


Course prerequisites

High-school diploma.

Grading Philosophy

3 written exams:

- CCO 1  - 1h00, 20% of overall mark
- CCO 2 - 1h00, 20% of overall mark
- Final exam (CCO 1 + CCO 2) – 3h00, 60% of overall mark

The first session of the final exam takes place in December.
In the case of insufficient results, a second session of the final
exam is organized at the end of June. Depending on the number off
students, the second session will either be a wriiten exam or an oral

Course schedule


- Introduction to d orbitals. Application of crystal field theory
tooctahedral, tetrahedral and square planar transition metal
complexes. Crystal Field Stabilization Energy (CFSE). Factors
governing the splitting in energy ofthe d orbitals.
- Course reminder on molecular orbital theory applied to simple
molecules (H2, HF, CO, etc.). Application of molecular orbital theory
to transition metal complexes: the spectrochemical series.
-  Stereochemistry of transitionmetal complexes. Formation of
complexes and the chelate effect.


- Generalities and definitions
- Monometallic complexes
- The main families ofmonometallic complexes
- Bimetallic complexes: someessential families
- Stoechiometric reactions oforganometallic complexes
- Catalysis: definitions and introduction; the bases of
organometallic complexes in catalysis.

Course type

- Lectures (18 x 1h20). - Practical sessions (20 x 1h20).

Online Course Requirement


Other information

Please note that the number of places available may be limited for
certain classes.

Duration: 12 weeks

Language of instruction: Lectures are taught in French. Practical sessions and all course material are in English.
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face teaching

Site for Inquiry

Please inquire about the courses at the address below.

Contact person: Cédric Desplanches (CCO 1)

Sylvain Nlate (CCO 2)