This course presents the basic concepts and reactions of organometallic chemistry and their applications in different areas: fine chemicals, catalytic transformations of industrial relevance, synthesis of natural products, and activation of small molecules...
The first part of the course discusses the basic reactions which take place on transition metal complexes. The second part focuses on the use of transition metal complexes in the area of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis (polymerisation and oligomerisation processes of olefins, hydrogenations, hydroformylation, C-C, C-N, C-O and C-B bond forming reactions, enantioselective catalysis, oxidation processes...).
New challenges of modern organometallic chemistry are also discussed in details (activation of dihydrogen, dinitrogen, oxygen, alkanes...).
An introduction to the chemistry of transition metals in nanosciences is made through many examples dealing with the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles and their applications. Though the emphasis of this course will be mainly descriptive rather than deeply theoretical, some of the fundamental aspects of bonding and electronic structure will also be explored with the aim to develop new catalytic processes.
Language course: English
Credits ECTS: 4