2020 Advanced Molecular Design of Metal Complexes I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Murahashi Tetsuro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course covers basic concepts on the molecular design of functional metal complexes.
[Aim of the course] Metal complexes are widely used in reaction chemistry, catalysis, and materials science, etc. Their chemistry becomes more important in modern chemistry. In order to use metal complexes, it is necessary to design their molecular structures. In this course, students learn the concepts of bonding in metal complexes in details. Furthermore, students also learn the ligand-design, synthetic strategy, and structure-function relationship.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) presume the characteristic properties of metal complexes in terms of their structures.
2) explain the basic concepts on metal clusters.


metal complex, coordination chemistry, coordination bond, ligand-design, metal cluster, metal-metal bond, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry、coordination polymer

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) ligand-design, (2) cluster-design. In the last class, exercise problems and explanation of the answers will be given to assess the students’ level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Current view of coordination chemistry Explain the current situation of coordination chemistry.
Class 2 Bonding in ligand-design Explain the concept of ligand-design on the basis of metal-ligand bonding.
Class 3 Multiple bonds for ligand-design Explain roles of metal-ligand multiple bonds in ligand-design.
Class 4 Ligand-design for self-assembly Ligand-design for self-assembly.
Class 5 Metal-metal bonds Understand metal-metal bonds.
Class 6 Structures of metal clusters Explain structures of metal clusters.
Class 7 Exercise problems to assess the students’ level of understanding and interpretation of the answers Use the exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate one’s own progress.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their achievements of learning outcomes based on final exam (80%) and level of class participation (20%) (The level of class participation will be calculated by small examination etc. in the lecture).

Related courses

  • CAP.A562 : Advanced Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes II
  • CAP.A561 : Advanced Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes I
  • CAP.T431 : Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis I
  • CAP.T432 : Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis II
  • CAP.I403 : Advanced Coordination Chemistry
  • CAP.A464 : Advanced Molecular Design of Metal Complexes II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The condition of the study will not be made.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Tetsuro Murahashi: mura[at]apc.titech.ac.jp

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