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Modern Main Group Chemistry (59-651)

Although the material in the course will focus on modern areas of investigation into the chemistry of the main group elements, the goal of the class is to provide (or refresh) the student with the tools and approaches required for the study and understanding of numerous chemical systems.  Here is a brief Course Description and the Course Outline from the last time I taught this course.

The class is on Mondays (11-12) and Wednesdays (11:30-12:30) in the Chemistry Conference Room from 10-11AM.



Unofficial Grades to date.


Presentation Schedule - these will be held in the Chemistry Conference Room (if you would like to do your presentation using my computer, please bring me your presentations on a CD to me as soon as they are ready):

Dec. 14, 2004

11:00-11:30 Gueorguieva: M.G. dendrimers

11:30-12:00 Keen: Pn ligands as polymer building-blocks

12-1 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Greenberg: Selected M.G. polymers

1:30-2:00 Welch: Borylene ligands

2:00-2:30 Rao: Catalytic properties of singlet carbenes for organic transformations


Dec. 15, 2004

12:00-12:30 Han: Phosphine ligands

12:30-1:00 Patel: Chalcogeno-phosphoranes

1:00-1:30 Break

1:30-2:00 Raturi: Selected noble gas compounds

2:00-2:30 Fox: NHCs as ligands for homogeneous catalysis


Mid-term 1 was held on Nov. 17th.


Assignment 1 is due on Nov. 8th. 


Assignment 2 is due on Nov. 24th.  PDB files for Weiss' carbene and an NHC may be downloaded from the appropriate links.  If you do not have software that lets you examine the metrical parameters from such files, just let me know.


Assignment 3 is due before Dec. 20th.  You'll probably want to get Jutzi and Burford's Chem. Rev. article (Chem. Rev., 1999, 99, 969) - my printer is not working at the moment or I would give it you you.


Papers are due on Dec. 13th.


Presentations will be on Dec. 14th and 15th.


Tentative Topics:

Fox: Metal carbene complexes for olefin metathesis

Greenberg: Selected M.G. polymers

Gueorguieva: M.G. dendrimers

Han: Phosphine ligands

Keen: Pn ligands as polymer building-blocks

Patel: Chalcogeno-phosphoranes

Rao: Catalytic properties of singlet carbenes for organic transformations

Raturi: Selected noble gas compounds

Welch: Borylene ligands


If you have any comments/requests, please come see me or e-mail me.



WebElements contains information about the elements in the periodic table and links that may help you in your study of Chemistry.


The Periodic Table of Videos, as the name suggests, has videos and information about the elements in the periodic table.


Point Group Practice Page (if you want some models to practice figuring out point groups, come see me).

Another piece of practice software for point groups can be found at (although I don't find it overly reliable, the idea is pretty good).

A web site that lets you practice using character tables (it will calculate the irreducible representation for the reducible representations that you have determined and it usually works):

A web site with more examples using group theory and another tool for determining reducible representations:


A web site with links to various other group theory websites (not all of them work but you can take a look if you so desire):


CLASS NOTES (in Power Point and PDF):

Notes 1 - Intro and Periodicity - pdf

Notes 2 - Localized Bonding - pdf

Notes 3 - Symmetry and Group Theory - pdf

Notes 4 - Molecular Orbital Theory - pdf

Notes 5 - Non-Existent Compounds - pdf

Notes 6 - Carbenes - pdf

Notes 7 - Carbenoids - pdf

Notes 8 - Multiple Bonding - pdf

Notes 9 - Metallocenes and Materials - pdf