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. 1: J. Leonard, B. Lygo, G. Procter, Advanced practical organic chemistry, Taykor & Francis, second edition, 1998. ISBN: 0-7487-4071-6. 
  2. 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.

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
Exam registration requirements

This course is full time for 2 weeks + a large written assignment.
Participation in the lab course is compulsory (37,5 hours per week, minimum 90% participation). The written assignment must be approved.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Re-submit the exam assingment. If the exam registration requirement have not been fulfilled students must retake the course.

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
Outside scheduled structure , B And C
This course is full time for 2 weeks (Weeks 31+32) + a large written assignment.
The number of places might be reduced if you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • Department of Chemistry
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Michael Pittelkow   (6-736c7777686f43666b6870316e7831676e)
Saved on the 14-02-2024

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