Synthesis Lab 2
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL163
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
PreviousNext 2
dr. K.M. Bonger
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.A.A.W. Elemans
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
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
Academic year2020
KW3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
KW3/  KW4
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISNo
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • Synthesize and characterize molecules using advanced experimental techniques.
  • Plan, understand and correctly carry out a synthetic protocol; properly record execution and results in a laboratory notebook.
  • Report on experimental outcome in a concise manner, according to academic standards.

This lab-course is a continuation on synthesis lab1 and is a next step in acquiring an academic attitude to scientific experimentation. During this course you will improve your knowledge on the techniques used in synthetic chemistry. The focus of this course is to expand your ‘chemical toolbox’ with new techniques building on the knowledge of the first year lab-courses. The experiments covered in this lab-course show synthetic chemistry in the broadest sense covering different topics such as coordination chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical biology, and catalysis. During this course students have to select and plan their experiments themselves to comply with a predefined set of goals. They are challenged to apply their theoretical knowledge about organic and (bio)inorganic chemistry in the lab. Besides new experimental techniques, students will also get acquainted new analytical techniques and forms of spectroscopy to characterize their products.
Second year bachelor
Presumed foreknowledge
  • Organic Chemistry 1 (NWI-MOL124)
  • Organic Chemistry 2 (NWI-MOL161)
  • Inorganic Chemistry 1 (NWI-MOL162) or Inorganic Biochemistry (NWI-MOL105)
Lab courses:
  • Synthesis lab 1a (NWI-MOL125)
  • Synthesis lab 1b (NWI-MOL126)
The above lab courses need to be finished with a passing grade.
Test information
  • Students need to pass the digital safety test at the start of the course in order to be admitted to the laboratory.
  • Students are assessed during the course on their practical skills, theoretical knowledge, planning, and reporting.
The registration for this course and the corresponding 'tests' closes four weeks before the start of the course.
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
Title:Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences
Author:T. Overton, S. Johnson, J. Scott
Publisher:Oxford University press
Course guide
Title:Laboratory Manual; Synthesis Lab 2
Author:L.T.C.G. van Summeren, D.W.P.M. Löwik, J.A.A.W. Elemens, K.M. Bonger
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 KW3, Block KW4

Digital Safety Test
Test weight0
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW3