CH3101 - Chemical Kinetics and Mechanism
|Student Contribution Band:
Offered in SP1, in even numbered years only
The mechanism of a chemical reaction is a detailed description of the processes occurring
during the reaction. The understanding of mechanism gives a window on the underlying
chemistry and can be used to manipulate chemical reactivity. Kinetic studies provide
one of the most powerful methods of investigating reaction mechanisms. Major topics
to be covered are: Reaction profiles. Rates of chemical reactions, including the
measurement of reaction rates, determination of rate constants and order for a variety
of reaction types, and the relationship between kinetics and mechanism. Mechanisms
of inorganic reactions, including substitution and electron transfer processes, catalysis
and photochemistry; thermodynamics of formation of transition metal complexes. Mechanism
of organic reactions, including nucleophilic and electrophilic substitution, addition
and elimination; factors affecting reactivity; techniques of studying mechanisms,
including the kinetic isotope effect, labelling, stereochemistry, the nature of products
and investigation of reactive intermediates by ESR, matrix isolation; organic photochemistry.
- to provide students with the background theory of the thermodynamics and dynamics
of chemical reactivity;
- to apply a range of techniques (including chemical kinetics, instrumentation) to the
elucidation of reaction mechanism;
- to discuss important mechanistic pathways for inorganic and organic chemical reactions.
||(CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)
|CH2002 CH3004 CH2022 CH2032 CH3022 CH3032 CH5301
Study Period 1
|Census Date 27-Mar-2014
||Dr Murray Davies
||Dr Murray Davies, Dr Chris Glasson, Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Dr George Vamvounis.
- 36 hours lectures
- 36 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (70%); practical component (30%).
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