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For undergraduate students: “Organometallic Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry”

In most universities, “organometallic chemistry” classes are set for graduate students only. Herein, we picked basic concepts, important theories and reactions in organometallic chemistry and introduced them to undergraduate students. After this course, students are expected to gain more knowledge on synthetic chemistry as well as polymer synthesis, to kick off their work on polymer science at a better starting line.

PPT slides for this course are mainly written in English, with minor explanation in Chinese.


*    Outline

*    Background Knowledge

* Brief Review on the History of Organometallic Chemistry

*    Structure and Bonding

* Oxidation State, d Electron, Ligand, Coordination Number etc. and 18 e Rule

* Symmetry and Point Group Theory

* Valence Bond Theory and Crystal Field Theory

* Molecular Orbital Theory

*    Reaction

* Coordination

* Oxidative Addition & Reductive Elimination

* Migration Insertion & Elimination and Reactions on Ligand

*    Application of OM in Polymer Synthesis 

* Anionic Polymerization

* Coordination Polymerization

* Carbene and Olefin Metathesis Polymerization

* Cross Coupling Reaction and Conjugated Polymer

* Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

* Metal-Containing polymer


*    Students are required to finish the following courses first

Ø “Organic Chemistry”, “Polymer Chemistry”

*    References:

Ø “Organometallic Chemistry”, Ren He, et al., East China University of Science and Technology Press, 2007 (in Chinese)

Ø “Organometallic Chemistry—Basic and Applications”, Akio Yamamoto. Translated by Xiyan Lu et al. Science publisher, 1997 (in Chinese)

Ø “Applications of Organometallic Compounds in Organic Synthesis”, Yaozeng Huang, et al., Shanghai scientific & Technical Publishers, 1990 (in Chinese)

Ø “Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements”, Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz, et al, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2004.

*    Related open courses and websites

Ø “Organometallic Chemistry”, Prof. Gregory C. Fu, MIT, USA

Ø “Organometallic Chemistry”, Dr. Kevin Shaughnessy, U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

Ø “Organometallic Chemistry”, Prof. M. C. White, Harvard U, USA

Ø “Advanced Organometallic Chemistry”, Prof. Dr. D. Vogt, Dutch Institute for Catalysis Research, Netherland

Ø and other web-based courses


For graduated students: “Control/Living Radical Polymerization”


*    Outline

*       Living Polymerizations

*       Living Radical Polymerization Mechanisms

*       Living Radical Polymerization Techniques

*   NMRP - Nitroxide Mediated Radical Polymerization

²   Synthetic Examples

*   RAFT - Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Transfer

²   Synthetic Examples

*   ATRP - Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

²   Synthetic Examples

*       Applications of Living Polymerization


Prof. Hu has created a Baidu web storage account for the PDF files of these classes; you can freely download these files through the following website,

You may also scan the following QR code for fast access to this web storage


There are totally 15 files in the storage (14 for organometallic class and 1 for living polymerization class), if you find the contents was changed or broken, please notify me, thanks!