This literature discussion is based on a short paper describing a series of Group VI metal carbonyl compounds that have pincer ligands (Organometallics, 2016, 35, 229). While the paper is relatively straightforward, there are many subtle points that can be brought out by asking the right questions which hopefully this LO does. Some of the questions the students should be able to answer directly from the paper. I feel it is important that they do this. However, these questions nicely set up further questions that require the students to go beyond what is covered in the paper. In addition to the synthesis, there are many questions related to the spectroscopic characterization of these compounds. And of course, it wouldn't be one of my LOs if students weren't being asked to count electrons and do group theory.
Upon completing this LO students should be able to
- Use the CBC method to count electrons in the tungsten compounds in this paper
- Describe the bonding interaction between a metal and a terminal carbonyl ligand
- Explain how NMR can be used to characterize these compounds including a discussion of 183W satellites
- Relate data from IR spectroscopy to the bonding interaction between a metal and a ligand and describe how the IR data can provide information about the electron donor ability of related ligands
- Recognize that some observed trends just do not have good explanations
This might be a bit on the long side, you could certainly omit some of the questions or have the students work on it outside of class.