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Unit information: Core Special Chemistry for Chemists in 2015/16

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Unit name Core Special Chemistry for Chemists
Unit code CHEMM0012
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Wyatt
Open unit status Not open

CHEM30006, CHEM30011, CHEM30018, CHEM30019 or CHEM30001, CHEM30002, CHEM30003



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit develops the organic and inorganic chemistry given in CHEM30006, CHEM30011, CHEM30018, CHEM30019 or CHEM30001, CHEM30002, CHEM30003 to build to an advanced stage for the MSci level of study. The unit covers areas of the subject that are considered core not just to organic and inorganic chemists, but of interest and utility to those specialising in physical and theoretical chemistry. The organic topics covered are supramolecular chemistry. The inorganic topics covered are the chemistry and applications of second- and third-row transition metals and medicinal applications of metals. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide a high level of understanding of the physical organic aspects of supramolecular and mechanistic chemistry, and transition metal chemistry at a level appropriate for an MSci student. The unit will contain concepts and material that is appropriate for application in other areas of chemistry and potentially of utility in the research project.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understanding of how covalent interactions are key for Supramolecular
  • Understanding of how these interactions allow selective binding of ions
  • Understanding of enantioselective supramolecular interactions occur
  • An ability to design isotopic labelling experiments
  • An appreciation of the origins and utility of linear free-energy relationships
  • Appraise the differences between the 1st and 2nd/3rd row transition metals
  • Understand the role of metals in diagnosis and therapy

Teaching details

Lectures, workshops (classes of 20 students with two staff members) and masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resource in advance of workshop sessions. Pre-workshop online material will be provided to assist students with the contact workshop.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed by written examination totalling 3 hours (summative 100%).

Reading and References

Essential reading will be from the following books:

Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition, J Clayden, N. Greeves, S Warren, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Further reading will be from the following books:

Modern Physical Organic Chemistry, E. V. Ansyln, D. A. Dougherty, University Science Books, California, 2006; Supramolecular Chemistry, P. D. Beer, P. A. Gale. D. K. Smith, Oxford Chemistry Primer, 1999; Supramolecular Chemistry, J. W. Steed, J. L. Atwood, Wiley 2009; Shriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry, P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, 5th Edition, 2010.