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Course content

The course gives a thorough introduction to organometallic chemistry with focus on the transistion metals. The course starts with fundamental molecular properties and gradually develops this into practical applied catalysis. Structure and bonding issues in organometallic compounds are discussed in view of the 18-electron rule. Relevant and modern methods for characterization of organometallic compounds are described. Different reactive ligand types are discussed, including σ-bonded ligands such as alkyl, aryl, og hydride, as well as π-bonded ligands such as carbonyl, alkene, diene, alkyne, cyclopentadienyl, and arene. The properties of important ancillary ligands such as phosphine and N-heterocyclic carbenes are given special attention. Organometallic reaction mechanisms are thoroughly discussed with emphasis on ligand substitution, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, insertion and elimination reactions, nucleophilic and electrophilic addition and abstraction at ligands, and the involvement of carbenes in metathesis and polymerization. The accumulated know-how at this point serves as the foundation for discussions about how organometallic complexes are utilized in homogeneous catalysis and in the activation of small molecules. The application of organometallics in catalysis is highlighted with selected important industrial processes.

Learning outcome

Having complete the course you should:

  • have a good overview of the fundamental principles of organotransition-metal chemistry and know how chemical properties are affected by metals and ligands.
  • be able to use knowledge about structure and bonding issues to understand the stability and reactivity of simple organometallic complexes.
  • have insight into the use of modern methods to characterize organometallic compounds.
  • understand fundamental reaction types and mechanisms and how to combine these to understand efficient catalytic processes
  • know important applications of organometallic homogeneous catalysis in the production of large-scale (bulk) and smaller-scale (fine chemicals) production.
  • be able to compile and give a seminar on a given topic


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

One or more of KJM3000 – Applied spectroscopy, KJM4200 – Organic Chemistry II (discontinued), KJM3300 – Physical Chemistry II (discontinued) will form a good starting point.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM5210 – Organometallic Chemistry


The course comprises 36-40 hours of lectures and 8 hours of group seminars. In addition, you have to compile and give a seminar about a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can attend the exam.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.


Oral exam counts 100 %. In addition, you have to compile and give a seminar about a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can attend the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2016

Autumn 2014

Every fourth semester from autumn 2010. Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Autumn 2010

Every fourth semester from autumn 2010.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)