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Module

CHY8420 : Selectivity and Stereocontrol in Organic Synthesis

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julian Knight
  • Lecturer: Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To familiarise students with the key strategies for the stereocontrolled synthesis of organic compounds; to provide practise in identifying and applying such strategies; to exemplify the principles in the context of the synthesis of organic targets

Outline Of Syllabus

Stereocontrol In Organic Synthesis

Introduction to synthetic strategy, selectivity and specificity
Regioselectivity
Stereoselectivity
The aldol reaction
Asymmetric synthesis. Use of the chiral pool
Seminar covering the material on Stereocontrol

Asymmetric Catalysis

Introduction to catalysis and asymmetric catalysis. Energy diagrams. Temperature dependence of asymmetric induction. Examples of commercial asymmetric catalytic procedures.
Chiral ligands. Ligand design. Ligand-symmetry. Energy diagrams for C1- and C2-symmetric processes.
Metals used in asymmetric catalysis. Role of the metal. What makes a good asymmetric catalyst?
Asymmetric catalysis of reduction reactions. Alkene hydrogenation. Ketone reduction.
Corey oxazaborolidines. Asymmetric catalysis of oxidation reactions. Sharpless epoxidation. Jacobsen epoxidation and related reactions.
Sharpless bis-hydroxylation and aminohydroxylation. Asymmetric catalysis of carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. Cycloaddition reactions.
Addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes.
Organocatalysis. Enamine chemistry. Proline catalysed aldol reactions. Mannich reactions. Aldehyde amination and oxygenation. Michael additions.
Use of enzymes as catalysts. Whole cell and isolated enzymes. Need for cofactors.
Oxidoreductases.
Asymmetric catalysis on compounds which already contain stereocentres. Kinetic resolution. Dynamic kinetic resolution. Desymmetrization of meso compounds. Double stereodifferentiation.
Non-linear effects. Autocatalytic asymmetric induction. Absolute asymmetric synthesis.
Seminars covering questions on the material on Asymmetric Catalysis

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Online - Module introduction, module structure, assessment, reading lists and mode of delivery
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Completion of summative alternative assessment for first half of module content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision of taught material (both assessments)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Week 11. Synchronous online support for assessment 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Week 15. (Thurs or Fri). Synchronous online support for assessment 2
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study17:007:00Completion of summative alternative assessment for second half of module content
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Revision of taught material (both assessments)
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHY8834Selectivity and Stereocontrol in Organic Synthesis
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course involves the introduction of a set of principles which may be applied to the analysis and design of organic synthesis. These principles are addressed in the online lecture materials. These basic principles are consolidated in online material which exemplify these principles in the context of total synthesis of organic targets and serve to draw together the various strands of the course.

Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE. Exercises (e.g. written problem-solving exercises) together with complete worked answers will be published using a range of formats to support the learning. Lecture content will be delivered by week with the equivalent of 3 lectures per week for 8 weeks of teaching.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Alternate assessment for first part of semester
Written exercise1M50Alternate assessment for second part of semester
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The alternate written assessments (2 pieces) will consist of problem-oriented questions, some of which focus on a particular principle or set of related principles and some which require broader analysis. This is deemed an appropriate method of ascertaining the principles introduced in the course and to the extent to which they can apply these to unfamiliar situations.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

Reading Lists

Timetable