Full course description
This skills focuses on the development of a clear understanding of the synthesis of organic chemical compounds. It is important for the students to learn how to convert their theoretical knowledge on chemical reactivity to actual design and execution of synthetic chemical reactions. Typical topics, which will be covered in this skills training are:
- Safe handling of organic reagents and safe execution of organic experiments.
- Commonly used organic synthetic laboratory techniques.
- Synthetic chemistry of various organic reaction types (e.g. nucleophilic substitutions and eliminations, electrophilic reactions and radical chemistry).
- Stereochemistry in organic synthesis.
- Purifications and separations in chemistry.
- Spectroscopy and characterization of organic compounds.
- To be able to perform organic synthetic experiments in a structured and safe manner.
- To understand specific separation and purification techniques commonly used in organic chemistry.
- To gain a practical understanding of the impact of the choice of reagents, solvents and conditions on the outcome of an organic reaction.
- To gain further skills in scientific research reporting.
- PRA1001 Research methods or PRA1101 Introduction to Scientific Research I
- PRA1002 Research, Data Analysis and Presentation Academic Skills or PRA1102 Introduction to Scientific Research II
- CHE2001 Organic Chemistry
- Practical laboratory instructions.
- For students intending on continuing and specializing in organic chemistry, a practical book, such as “Multiscale Operational Organic Chemistry” by John W. Lehman (Pearson, 2nd edition, 2009) may be interesting.