Course Review: CH 824

CH824: Organotransition Metal and Acceptor Ligand Complex

~ By Abhirup Majumdar

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Spring Semester 2019 – 20

Course Instructor

Prof. M. Ravikanth & Prof. P. Ghosh

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

Moderate; generally follows a normal distribution

What was the Attendance Policy?

No such strict rules were imposed but both of them used to mark the attendance in every lecture. Since the semester got pre-terminated, we have no idea what they were planning to do anyway.



This Course evaluation comprises of

2 quizzes (20%), mid-sem (30%) & end-sem (50%)

What are the topics covered in the course?

Metal carbonyls and other complexes with pi-acceptor ligands. Metal to metal bonds and metal atom clusters. Transition metal complexes with bonds to hydrogen, alkyls, alkenes and other related compounds. The role of insertion, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, associative dissociative reaction in catalysis. The use of organotransition metal complexes for conversion of unsaturated and related compounds.

How were the Lectures for this course?

Both the profs have a similar way of teaching. They prefer writing everything on the board, followed by a short discussion. The students’ main job is to pay attention and take notes.

How were the Exams for this course?

All the questions are entirely based on topics covered in the lectures only. Since the papers are so predictable, marks can be easily scored if you thoroughly study each and everything from the notes and grasp the concepts.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?


Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

Those who have gone through CH 224 and 227 shouldn’t face any difficulty at all. Ravikanth sir’s portion starts off with the exact same content taught in 227 post-midsem and then delves deep into supramolecular chemistry. Taking notes is the most important. Just write down each and everything you can see on the board, especially the diagrams. Go through the recommended research papers for better understanding. Similar approach works for PG as well.

References used in this course:

MR – the research papers suggested in the lectures, PG – Organometallics by Christoph Elschenbroich

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