Advanced Synthetic Techniques

Course content

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 advamced equipment is necessary and to make educated choices regarding the execution of the chemical reactions and the purification methods.

Laboratory exercises and lectures.

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.

Knowledge of organic chemistry corresponding to the bachelor courses "Advanced Organic Chemistry" and "Advanced Organic Chemical Synthesis"

A bachelor's degree in chemistry is a prerequisite for attending.

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 ( before 3/5 (noon). Cost for external PhD students: 5.000 kr.

The course is held the first two weeks of August

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
The report should discuss a topic covered in the course
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 26
  • Preparation
  • 80
  • Practical exercises
  • 80
  • Exam
  • 20
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
29 July - 9 August 2024

5.000 kr for external (non KIKU) PhD students.

Outside scheduled structure , B And C
This course is full time for 2 weeks (Weeks 31+32) + a large written assignment.
30 (15 places are reserved for PhD students).
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • Department of Chemistry
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Michael Pittelkow   (6-837c8787787f53767b7880417e8841777e)
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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