Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course gives a thorough introduction to organometallic chemistry with focus on the transition 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, and 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

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

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

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 36-40 hours of lectures and 8 hours of group seminars.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, you must inform the student administration at the Department of Chemistry before the first lecture starts, or else you will lose your place in the course.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM9210 – Organometallic Chemistry

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 22, 2020 1:17:17 PM

Facts about this course


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

Spring and autumn
Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)