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Organometallic Chemistry


The basic principles of organometallic chemistry will be discussed in this course. The modern chemistry is merged into one from classical organic chemistry and traditional inorganic chemistry. We will shed light on activation of small molecule by metal-ligand complex. We will discuss the stepwise mechanism of insertion of metal into organic molecules and elimination by different pathway. Only catalytic amount of metal can produce the large number of molecules those include drug, natural products, pharmaceuticals, our daily needs, etc. in gigantic quantity.

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Prof. Debabrata Maiti has done BSc (Chemistry), MSc (Chemistry, IIT B) and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (USA) in 2008. After postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined the Department of Chemistry at IIT Bombay in 2011. His research and teaching interests include organometallic chemistry, the development of new and sustainable synthetic methodologies and mechanistic insight.


Week 1  :

Lecture 1:  Introduction of Organometallic Chemistry
Lecture 2:  Counting of Electrons
Lecture 3:  Ligand Substitution Reactions
Lecture 4:  Oxidative Addition [1.Concerted Mechanism]
Lecture 5:  Oxidative Addition[2.SN2 Mechanism]

Week 2 

Lecture 6:  Oxidative Addition[3.Radical Mechanism]
Lecture 7:  Reductive Elimination
Lecture 8:  Migratory Insertion & Elimination Reactions
Lecture 9:  Migration & Insertion Reactions
Lecture 10: Alpha-Migratory Insertion & Alpha-Elimination Reactions

Week 3 :

Lecture 11: Beta-Migratory Insertion
Lecture 12: Beta-Elimination Reaction
Lecture 13: Alpha-Abstraction & Beta-Abstraction
Lecture 14: 4-Center Reactions [2+2] Reactions
Lecture 15: External Attack by a Ligand & Reductive Coupling

Week 4 :

Lecture 16: Hydrogenation Reaction
Lecture 17: Hydrogenation Reaction [Dihydride Catalyst]
Lecture 18: Stereoselective Hydrogenation Reaction
Lecture 19: Carbonylation Reaction [1.Monsanto Acetic Acid Process 2.Hydroformylation 3.Hydrocarboxylation]
Lecture 20: Carbonylation Reaction [1.Hydroformylation 2.Hydrocarboxylation 3.Hydrocyanation]


Organometallic Chemistry Books by :-Gupta, BD and Elias AJ,Hartwig JF,Crabtree RH Elschenbroich and Salzer

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: March 31st 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
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  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.