2023-2024 / CHIM0278-1

Organic chemistry III


30h Th, 55h Pr, 15h QA Sess.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in chemistry7 crédits 


Lionel Delaude

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims at strengthening the notions of organic chemistry acquired during the two previous years of the bachelor in chemistry curriculum through the study of two new majors chapters of modern organic synthesis: the first one is devoted to organometallic chemistry and its applications in homogeneous catalysis, while the second one focuses on pericyclic reactions and their stereoelectronic implications.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the first part of this course devoted to organometallic chemistry, students should be able:

  • to calculate the number of valence shell electrons in an organometallic complex and to propose a plausible geometry for its structure,
  • to predict the evolution of various physico-chemical properties of ligands and organometallic complexes according to their structures,
  • to decompose a stoichiometric or catalytic process involving organometallic complexes into elementary steps and to specify the nature of each of them,
  • to understand and to explain the catalytic activity of organometallic complexes in various important reactions of organic synthesis.
At the end of the second part of this course devoted to pericyclic reactions, students should be able:

  • to identify the main types of pericyclic reactions,
  • to understand and to apply the Woodward-Hoffmann rules,
  • to determine if a pericyclic reaction is thermally or photochemically allowed and to predict its regioselectivity and its stereoselectivity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The content of the courses Organic Chemistry I & II, given in the first and second bachelor in chemical sciences, respectively, is a prerequisite.

For a possible remediation, the following textbook is suggested: J. E. McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 9th Edition, Cengage: Boston, MA, 2015.

The knowledge of English is required.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Fifteen lessons of 120 minutes each will be given during the first quadrimester. Exercise sessions (15 h) and practical work (55 h) will complement and illustrate the theoretical course.

The laboratory sessions will provide a hands-on approach of the theoretical notions developed in the lessons and will allow students to discover specific experimental techniques related to organometallic chemistry (use of Schlenk glassware, drying of solvents, reactions under inert atmosphere,...).

Participation in practical work is mandatory. Any absence must be justified by a medical certificate or another appropriate document. For security reasons, access to the laboratory is allowed only to students in possession of a lab coat and a pair of goggles. Failure to comply with the safety instructions and the barrier gestures will result in an exclusion from the laboratory.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course, see above for details.

Recommended or required readings

Detailed lecture notes written in English and including numerous problems are available as pdf files from the student portal 'myULiege' or via the web site http://www.lcfi.ulg.ac.be/orga/.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

The assessment will be based on:

  • the participation in practical work (20%)
  • a written examination (40%)
  • an oral examination (40%)
A written examination lasting 4 h will be organized during the january session. It will be followed on the same day or the day after by an oral examination. A periodic table of the elements will be supplied for both examinations. The consultation of any other document is not permitted during the examinations. With the possible exception of a non programmable calculator, the use of any electronic device (mobile phone, computer, notepad, camera,...)  is strictly prohibited during the examinations.

The practical work is inseparable from the teaching unit and is compulsory. Students who have not participated in these activities and/or who have not submitted the required reports within the allocated time or in the prescribed form will not be allowed to present the examinations. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Lionel Delaude
Institut de chimie organique
Bâtiment B6a, local 3.70c
Allée du six août 13, 4000 Liège
Tel: (04) 366-3496
E-mail: l.delaude@uliege.be

Assistant in charge of the laboratory and the exercise sessions:

François Mazars
Institut de chimie organique
Bâtiment B6a, local 4.16a
Tel: (04) 366-3463
E-mail: f.mazars@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Partim Organometallic Chemistry
Lecture notes, online interactive exercises and typical resolution of written examinations from the previous years

Partim Pericyclic Reactions
Lecture notes in pdf