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Synthetic Organic Chemistry



Strategies for the synthesis of current of newly developed drugs are discussed, including retro-synthetic analysis, introduction and modification of functional groups and the use of protective groups, control of stereo- and regio-selectivity.

Course Objectives

The interpretation of chemical reactions in terms of the choice of reagents and mechanisms. The use of chemical concepts. Understanding synthetic routes.

Reading list

  • Organic chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren, Oxford University

  • Literature will be provided during the course.


Dhr. Prof. Dr. G.J. van der Marel

Mode of instruction

Lectures with active participation of the student

Assessment method

Written exam

Admission requirements & Registration

This course is mandatory for students who do the Minor ‘Modern Drug Discovery’ (MDD) and these students will be given priority. Additional places may be available to students outside the minor under the condition that they meet the admission criteria. The same admission criteria apply to this course as for the entire Minor MDD. Application for students outside the Minor MDD occurs via the study advisers of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, LST or MST.