NKEK11003U Advanced Synthetic Techniques

Volume 2019/2020

MSc Programme in Chemistry


This is an advanced synthesis course designed to train students at the late master's level and at the PhD level. The course will describe and discuss modern tecniques for the synthesis of advanced organic and inorganic small-molecules. The focus of the course is to describe and demonstarte techniques for synthesis rather than the preperation of specific molecules.

Learning Outcome

After the course the student will be able to describe and discuss modern tecniques for the synthesis of advanced organic and inorganic small-molecules. 

To work independantly with specialised equipment and advanced synthesis methods.
To work with synthetic chemistry under an inert atmosphere and at anhydrous conditions.
To work with microscale reactions.
To work responibly with highly reactive reagents and low boiling liquids and gasses. 
To work responsibly with chemical reactions at extreeme temperatures and pressures.
To work with various types of chomatographic purification methods and make educated choices regarding purification methods.

To assess when the use of advanced techniques and advanced equipment is necessary and to make educated choices regarding the execution of the chemical reactions and the purification methods.

Recommended reading: 1: J. Leonard, B. Lygo, G. Procter, Advanced practical organic chemistry, Taykor & Francis, second edition, 1998. ISBN: 0-7487-4071-6. 2: J. Becker, M. Begtrup, M. B. Nielsen, Håndbog i synteseteknikker, Gyldendal, 2012. ISBN: 978-87-02-09917-1.

The courses 'videregående organisk kemi' and 'videregående organisk syntese' or another course in advanced organic chemistry must have been passed before attending.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Laboratory exercises and lectures.
An experimental synthetic bachelor's project must have been passed before taking this course and an experimental master's / PhD project must have been started as well.

PhD students can sign up for the course by contacting Michael Pittelkow per e-mail (pittel@kiku.dk) before 3/5 (noon). Cost for external PhD students: 5.000 kr.

The course is held July 27 – August 7.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 26
  • Practical exercises
  • 80
  • Preparation
  • 80
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The report should discuss a topic covered in the course
Exam registration requirements

This course is full time for 2 weeks + a large written assignment.
Participation in the lab course is compulsory (37,5 hours per week, minimum 90% participation). The written assignment must be approved.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners

Re-submit the exam assingment. If the exam registration requirement have not been fulfilled students must retake the course.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome