Introduction to Organic Synthesis Laboratory

Cyclopentadiene reacting with methacrolein to form different norbornene enantiomers.

Asymmetric Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and methacrolein. The chiral acyloxyborane catalyst (CAB) helps control the stereochemical outcome of this cycloaddition reaction. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Spring 2009



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This course, which spans a third of a semester, provides students with experience using techniques employed in synthetic organic chemistry. It also introduces them to the exciting research area of catalytic chiral catalysis.

This class is part of the new laboratory curriculum in the MIT Department of Chemistry. Undergraduate Research-Inspired Experimental Chemistry Alternatives (URIECA) introduces students to cutting edge research topics in a modular format.

Danheiser, Rick, and Timothy Swager. 5.37 Introduction to Organic Synthesis Laboratory, Spring 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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