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Organic Synthesis: A Toolkit for the Industrial Chemist

Tutors: Dr Will Watson

Organic synthesis is a discipline which has been in existence for more than a century.  It is a major facilitator for the chemical industry and a significant contributor to society, applications being found in the pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, agrochemicals, speciality chemicals, electronics and other related industries.  As we all appreciate, the field of organic chemistry continues to thrive as a result of more detailed understanding and new innovations constantly being published.  There is an ever increasing range of synthetic techniques and technologies,available to the organic chemist which can be somewhat bewildering when given the task of designing appropriate routes to target molecules..

This three-day course, written and presented by highly experienced chemists from the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industry, provides a series of overview lectures of important established chemistry as well as perspectives on newer, up and coming chemistry.  The course content is selected with a view to serve as a reminder for chemists of some of the key aspects of well established chemistry, including examples of recent applications, to provide greater understanding of both new and familiar chemistry and also aims to inspire chemists to innovate.

Course Outline

  • Multi Component Reactions
  • Selected Aspects of Oxidation
  • Other Reduction Methods (hydride reductions)
  • Catalytic Hydrogenation
  • Industrially Useful C-C Bond Forming Reaction
  • Transition Metal Catalysed Cross-Coupling Reactions
  • Metathesis
  • Phase Transfer Catalysis
  • Resolution Methods
  • Biocatalysis
  • Hazardous Chemical Reactions
  • Case Studies in Industrial Synthesis
  • Plus tutorials

Benefits of Attending

Participants will have learnt about developments relevant to industry over the last 5 years in the various reaction types discussed during the course. In addition, in many cases leading references are provided giving practical methods as a starting point for developing the desired reaction.

Who Should Attend

Chemists from discovery, process development and manufacturing and academia who want to learn more about recent developments in industrial organic chemistry in the fine chemical and related industries.

What's Included

The course fee includes:

  • comprehensive course manual
  • coffee/tea refreshments breaks throughout each day
  • buffet lunch each day
  • course dinner on the first evening
  • course certificate


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