Chemistry Synthesis Laboratory

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry Synthesis Laboratory

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM 201, 205

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The synthesis and purification of compounds with identification and analysis employing spectroscopic methods. This programme provides for the development of advanced laboratory skills and the use of sophisticated laboratory techniques designed to illustrate research principles and methodology, largely in organic chemistry. NOTE: Only 2 x 4-hour laboratory sessions per week to be selected from the list of 4 options.

    Course content
    Five experiments will be conducted in this laboratory and written up in report form. Two NMR spectroscopy workshops will be provided to enable students to analyse spectra of molecules prepared in the lab, and one assignment will be completed. The experiments consist of preparation and reaction of a Grignard reagent, isolation and purification of secondary metabolites from New Zealand marine red algae, a multistep synthesis of a glucoside from D-glucose, a multistep synthesis of a dipeptide via amino acid coupling, and synthesis of a diaryl species by organometallic cross-coupling chemistry.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Plan and execute synthetic chemical reactions, including multistep preparations and inert atmosphere reactions.
    • Purify chemical species by chromatography and crystallisation.
    • Analyse pure compounds and mixtures of compounds by NMR and IR spectroscopy, and perform optical rotation and melting point measurements.
    • Describe chemical methods, observations, results and data analysis in written form.
    • Consistently demonstrate safe laboratory practice and conduct chemical experiments in a safe manner.

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