Transition Metal Organometallics in Catalysis and Biology

By Prof. P. Ghosh   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 368
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.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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 TEACHING ASSISTANT 

Dr. Rajesh Manne

B.Sc. (2007 - 2010) Andhra University.
M.Sc. (2010 - 2012) Andhra University.
Ph.D. (2013 - 2019) North Eastern Hill University.
Post-doc: (2020-Present) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Books and references

1. Elschenbroich (Organometallics), Crabtree (The Organometallic
2. Chemistry of the Transition Metals)

Instructor bio

Prof. P. Ghosh

IIT Bombay
Dr. Prasenjit Ghosh is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India. He received his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry under the supervision of Professor Gerard Parkin from Columbia University, New York, in 1998. Following two post- doctoral stints in the laboratories of Dr. R. Morris Bullock (Brookhaven National Laboratory, 19982001) and Professor Guillermo C. Bazan (University of California, Santa Barbara, 20012003), he joined the Department of Chemistry at IIT Bombay as an Assistant Professor in 2003 and was finally promoted to Professor in June, 2012. He received the CRSI Bronze Medal (2014) of the Chemical Research Society of India and The Distinguished Lectureship Award (2011) of the Chemical Society of Japan among many others in the recent years. He is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the ACS journal Organometallics from 2017 for a three-year period and of Polyhedron since 2011.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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