About

Alan Shusterman

C408, my weekly-schedule, 503/517-7699, alan@reed.edu
Spring 2016 office hours: W & F, 11-12 (drop-ins/appts also WELCOME)

Course

C301 or C203 (computer lab), MWF, 10-10:50 AM
No required textbook. Useful references include:
— Organometallic Chemistry 2e or 3e, Spessard & Miessler
— Organotransition Metal Chemistry: From Bonding to Catalysis, Hartwig
— The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, Crabtree
Prerequisites: Chem 201, 202 & 212, or consent of instructor

This course has been taught be several visitors to Reed over the past three decades, but it wasn’t until 2013 that a regular member of the faculty finally taught this course. We hope that organometallic chemistry will regularly rotate with other special topics courses in future years.

Chem 348 emphasizes basic concepts that can be applied broadly across organo-transition metal chemistry: structure, bonding (MO theory), physical properties (spectroscopy & energy), reaction families (ligand substitution, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion, cyclization). Because the class size is relatively small, students are asked to identify areas of personal interest and explore these more deeply in collaboration with the instructor. Student interests will be incorporated into the semester’s lesson plan to whatever degree is practical.

Chem 348 is taken primarily by junior and senior chemistry majors. Research figures prominently in all of their lives, whether it takes the form of Junior Qual preparation, searching for summer internships, or work on a senior thesis. For this reason a significant portion of Chem 348 focuses on cultivating the research skills used by professional organometallic chemists. These include learning how to access and read research literature, how to work with typical research data (spectroscopic, crystallographic, and especially DFT-based molecular models), and how to communicate technical information orally, in writing, and through the development of teaching materials.