5.37 | Spring 2009 | Undergraduate
Introduction to Organic Synthesis Laboratory
Course Description

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. …

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.

Learning Resource Types
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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.)