Synthesis Lab 3
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL087C
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
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dr. J.A.A.W. Elemans
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.W.P.M. Löwik
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.W.P.M. Löwik
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.W.P.M. Löwik
Other course modules lecturer
drs. L.T.C.G. van Summeren
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
KW2  (06/11/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
After this lab course, the student is able to:
  • independently plan advanced multi-step experiments
  • independently and safely carry out multi-step synthesis
  • carefully report and discuss experimental results according to the standards of scientific integrety
The goal of this lab course is to learn to work as a synthetic chemist. You will be carrying out multi-step experiments. You will work independently in the lab, you will also be responsible yourself to plan and to carry out all the required work. The skills that you will develop during the class will be necessary for a bachelor and/or master internship in the field of synthetic chemistry.but can also be very helpful in the fields of medicnal chemistry and chemical biology.
Third year bachelor
Presumed foreknowledge
  • Organic Chemistry 2 (NWI-MOL161)
  • Organic Chemistry 3 (NWI-MOL095)

Lab courses:
  • Synthesis Lab 2 (NWI-MOL163) (or Organic Chemistry Lab (NWI-MOL48A)/Chemical Biology Project (NWI-MOL49A))
One of the above lab courses needs to be finished with passing grade. This will be checked before the start of Synthesis Lab 3.
Test information
Students are assessed during the course on their practical skills, theoretical knowledge, planning, and reporting.

You will need to register for this course at least 4 weeks in advance. If the course is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Definitive registration will be confirmed three weeks before start of the course.
In the case of not being able to attend one or more practical courses/lab days, the course coordinator will decide if the student is obligated to re-take the missed meeting and how this will take place.

This course is scheduled on three consecutive days each week (24 hours in total) for seven weeks (21 days). Students make a personal planning of their experiments within the available 24 hours, and are expected to be present in the lab for 18 hours per week to perform their experiments. This makes it possible to also follow the lectures or tutorials of another course on one of these days.

Required materials
Title:Laboratory techniques in Organic Chemistry
Author:J.R. Mohrig, D.G. Alberg, G.E. Hofmeister, P.F. Schatz, C.N. Hammond
Publisher:W.H. Freeman and Company / A Macmillan Higher Education Company
Course guide
Title:Laboratory manual; Synthesis Lab 3
Author:L.T.C.G. van Summeren, D.W..P.M. Löwik, J.A.A.W. Elemans
Publisher:Radboud Universiteit
Chemdraw Professional 19 / ChemOffice Professional 19 Software for drawing molecular structures and reaction mechanism. Available for Windows 10 (64-bit) and Mac OS X (10.13, 10.14 or 10.15) . Students can install this software on their own device under the university site license (free of charge). See Brightspace for more information on how to obain and install.
MNova 14 Software for processing and interpretation of analytical datasets (NMR, IR, UV-VIS, EI-MS). Available for Windows 10, Mac OS X, and Linux . Students can install this software on their own device under the university site license (free of charge). See Brightspace for more information on how to obain and install.

Instructional modes
Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes
Type of instructional modeLab course

Test weight1
Test typeLab course
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3