TKJ4150 - Organic Synthesis I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The subject covers principals, reaction types, reagents and mechanism for preparation of organic molecules with applications in medicinal and material sciences. Processes with specific safety, waste and environmental issues are highlighted. Details: Reagent selection, reaction mechanisms, pKa and choice of base, solvent effects, alkylation of carbonyl compounds, nitriles, nitro-compounds, imines and enamines, metal enolates, enol ethers, kinetic and thermodynamic control, modern Aldol type reactions, condensation reactions with carbonyl compounds, alkenes from carbonyl compounds, phosphorus ylides, phosphonate anions, sulphur ylides and their reactivity, conjugated addition. Transformation of functional groups by substitution reactions, protecting groups, electrophilic addition to C-C double and triple bonds, hydroboration, reactions with organoboranes, reduction of carbonyl, C-C double and triple bonds, hydrogenation, hydride reductions. Pericyclic reactions: cycloadditions, sigmaotroptic rearrangements, electrocyclic reactions, group transfer reactions, frontier molecular orbital theory. Introduction to retro synthesis

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the coarse the student should within the framework of the coarse content: - Be able to plan the synthesis of organic molecules with respect to reagents and reaction conditions. - Should know and be able to explain reaction mechanisms. - Should be able to identify major by-products in reactions. - Be able to use frontier molecular orbital theory to predict the outcome of pericyclic reactions. - Be able to name important reactions. - Should understand how functional groups affect electron density, properties and reactivity in organic compounds. - Should be able to estimate the pKa values for carboxylic acids, amines, alcohols and ketones in the presence of various functionalities. - Be able to explain how the choice of base affects reactivity, hazard of operation and the price of processes. -Be able to identify processes/reactions that give a lot of waste. -Know which metals are environmentally problematic.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises.

Expected work load in the course is 200-225 hours.

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

1. Carey and Sundberg; Advanced Organic Chemistry, B. 5.ed.

2. Theoretical exercises

3. Compendia from lecturer

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKJ4111 3.5 AUTUMN 2012
TKJ4135 3.5 SPRING 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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