Inorganic chemistry presentation
Presentation GuidelinesFor the presentation you will be required to deliver an 10-15 minute presentation on a topic of your
choosing. You will need to consider all the aspects of proper presentation in your preparation and delivery.
For the topic to be delivered you may choose from a range of options listed below. However, your
choice of topic must be approved by Dr. Yan, at least a week prior to the date of your presentation. This is in
principal to ensure that the same topics will not be repeated in presentations.
• Nobel Price related to Organometallic Chemistry or Inorganic catalysts – Please include the
discovery process, background information, and the influence of this researches.
-F. Wilhelm Ostwald received the Nobel Prize in 1909 for his work on catalysis and on the fundamental
principles governing chemical equilibria and rates of reaction.
-1912, the prize went to Paul Sabatier for exploring the hydrogenation of organic compounds in the
presence of finely disintegrated metals.
-In 1918, the award went to Fritz Haber, who developed a process for the catalytic formation of
ammonia from atmospheric nitrogen and hydrogen. Scaled up with the help of Carl Bosch, the HaberBosch process was one of the first major industrial routes to basic inorganic chemicals.
-Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta were recognized in 1963 for discovering organometallic polymerization
-Ernst Otto Fischer and Geoffrey Wilkinson independently studied the chemistry of organometallic
sandwich compounds. This work, which helped decipher how such compounds function as catalysts,
garnered the 1973 prize.
-In 1975, the Nobel Prize went to John Cornforth, who investigated enzymes, and Vladimir Prelog, who
studied chemical reactions, for their work on stereochemistry.
-The fascination around chirality and catalysis continued in the work of William S. Knowles, Ryoji
Noyori, and K. Barry Sharpless. The 2001 Nobel Prize rewarded their ability to control stereoselectivity
via catalysis: Knowles and Noyori explored hydrogenation, while Sharpless looked at oxidation.
-The subject of the 2005 Nobel Prize was a popular and useful molecular rearrangement known as
-Similarly, the precise construction of complex organic molecules is possible through catalyst-driven
carbon-carbon coupling reactions. Reactions using palladium-based catalysts bear the names of Richard
F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi, and Akira Suzuki, who shared the Nobel Prize in 2010.
-Enzymatic catalysis Nobel Prize 2018
-Organocatalysis Nobel 2021
-2022 Nobel prize-sharpless
• Chemistry Literature – You may choose a chemistry paper published within the last few years in a
top-tier Chemistry journal and present on the work. The topic should be related to the organometallic
chemistry or inorganic chemistry materials. Include background information, the central hypothesis,
methods, results and discussion, and conclusions. Your presentation should be a critique (≠ a criticism),
assessing whether the experimental work adequately supports the conclusions. The background
information may make brief mention of a few important preceding papers.
• Anything Related to Inorganic Chemistry that You are Interested- You may choose anything you
are interested in such as ceramics or geology crystals. You will find out that many things are connected
with inorganic chemistry.
Delivery (100 points)
• Flow of presentation – 25 points
• Time management – 25 points
• Use of visual aids – 25 points
• Presentation style – 25 points
Content (100 points)
• Depth of knowledge – 25 points
• Appropriate to target audience – 25 points
• Understandable – 25 points
• Visual aid appearance – 25 points