COURSE DESCRIPTION: A “structure and bonding” approach to transition metal organometallic molecules and reactions will briefly review classical T.M. complexes and contrast to the ligand/metal arrangements that support transition metal – carbon bonds. An overview of the molecules that are the foundation of this division of inorganic chemistry will include electron counting and a molecular orbital approach to ligand /metal orbital overlap, bond stability, and reactivity. Discussions of reaction types and features that define their mechanisms will lead into the role of T.M. organometallic chemistry in homogeneous catalysis.


  • Shriver & others, Chapter 22. Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Edition, W.H. Freeman and Company (ISBN-10: 1429218207; ISBN-13: 9781429218207);
  • Robert H. Crabtree, The Organometallic Chemistry of Transition Metals, Wiley (ISBN: 9781118138076)
  • Spessard and Miessler, Organometallic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780199342679);
  • Miessler, Fischer & Tarr, Chapters 13, 14,15. Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Edition

    Various web sites such as VIPeR (see below)
    Organometallics Hypertext:
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