The course would cover application aspects of organometallic compounds in industrial processes with particular emphasis on various types of polymerization reactions that have had tremendous impact on society at large. The course would also highlight the importance of organometallic chemistry in biology in the form of bioorganometallic chemistry. In short, the course would provide a wholistic overview of the applications of organometallic chemistry in the dual worlds of chemical synthesis and biology.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : All of Chemistry and possibly some of Chemical Engineering students
PREREQUISITES : Basic undergraduate inorganic and organic chemistry courses are pre-requisite to take this course
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : BASF, Dow Chemicals, GE, Reliance, DuPont, BAYER and other petrochemical & polymer companies.
Week 1 : Reppe synthesis,
Week 2 : Alkene metathesis reactions: history, development, classifications,mechanism
Week 3 : Alkyne metathesis reactions: history, development, classifications, mechanism
Week 4 : Olefin oligomerization reactions
Week 5 : Olefin polymerization reactions: polyethylene, polypropylene
Week 6 : Ziegler-Natta catalyst
Week 7 : Other catalysts in olefin polymerization reactions
Week 8 : Homo polymerization with functionalized olefins, cycloolefins, diolefins
Week 9 : Copolymerization with functionalized olefins, cycloolefins, diolefins
Week 10 : Non-Group 4 catalysts
Week 11 : Bioorganometallic Chemistry, metal ions in biology, metalloenzymes
Week 12 : Coenzyme B 12 , nitrogenase, urease and other relevant metalloenzymes