The aim of this module is to introduce important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions within a mechanistic and synthetic framework, together with exposure to a selection of stereochemical issues.
Students should be able to solve problems featuring:
- Scope and mechanisms of basic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions, addition and elimination reactions)
- Basic carbonyl chemistry (alkylation, acylation, aldol, conjugate additions).
- Structure, reactivity and synthesis of simple heterocycles (including pyridines, pyrroles, furans)
- Functional group interconversions and stereochemistry.
The theory part of this module will be delivered through a series of lectures to be given throughout the first semester. The material presented at the lectures is supported by tutorials.