2020 Advanced Molecular Design of Metal Complexes II

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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 reactivity 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. Reactivity of metal complexes play a vital role not only in inorganic synthesis but also in organic synthesis and catalysis. This course covers the homogeneous reactions of metal complexes. Students learn reaction patterns of metal complexes systematically, and understand the mechanistic aspects on the reactions of metal complexes. Furthermore, students understand the structure-reactivity 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 mechanisms of the reactions of metal complexes.


metal complex, coordination chemistry, coordination bond, ligand-design, reaction mechanism, kinetics, stereochemistry, homogeneous catalysis

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) analysis of metal-complex-reaction, (2) ligand-substitution reaction, (3) oxidation-reduction mechanism. 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 Overview of reaction chemistry Understand and explain the fundamentals of reaction chemistry.
Class 2 Methods to analyze reaction mechanisms involving metal complexes Understand the major methods to analyze reaction mechanisms involving metal complexes.
Class 3 Mechanism of ligand-substitution reactions Explain methods to analyze mechanism of ligand-substitution reaction.
Class 4 Effect of auxiliary ligands Explain the importance of the choice of auxiliary ligands in reactions of metal complexes.
Class 5 Mechanism of ligand-transformation Explain mechanism of representative ligand-transformation reactions.
Class 6 Oxidation-reduction mechanism of metal complexes Understand mechanism of electron transfer processes involving metal complexes.
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.A463 : Advanced Molecular Design of Metal Complexes I
  • CAP.A561 : Advanced Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes I
  • CAP.A562 : Advanced Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes II
  • CAP.I403 : Advanced Coordination Chemistry
  • CAP.T431 : Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis I
  • CAP.T432 : Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis II

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related course (Advanced Molecular Design of Metal Complexes I) (CAP.A463) is desirable.

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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