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Synthesis and Retrosynthesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKJEM334
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Semester of Instruction

Irregular. The course runs only if enough students enroll.

Objectives and Content

The basis for and principles of retrosynthetic analyses are thoroughly presented and discussed and subsequently applied to work out synthetic strategies for complex organic molecules. An overview is given of the most important reactions used in organic synthesis, with particular emphasis on relevant stereochemical aspects which are discussed on the basis of mechanistic facts.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM334 the student will be able to:

  • use retrosynthetic analysis to work out and compare alternative syntheses of complex organic molecules.
  • outline important classical and modern reactions used in organic synthesis.
  • discuss how reaction conditions influence the outcome of important reactions with respect to regio- and stereoselectivity.
  • present in some detail classical syntheses of some natural products.
  • review new techniques that have been introduced in organic synthesis in recent years.
  • use relevant concepts and terminology in a correct fashion.

Required Previous Knowledge

Intermediate organic chemistry. The course is especially for master¿s or PhD students working in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM 130, KJEM 231

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Each student has to give a presentation about a given topic

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2017