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Reduction: The Odagi/Nagasawa Synthesis of Cepharatine A
20 March 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Oxidation: The Vanderwal Synthesis of 7,20-Diisocyanoadociane
13 March 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

The Luo Synthesis of Triptonide
06 March 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Arrays of Stereogenic Centers: The Liu Synthesis of Shizukaol J
27 February 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Enantioselective Construction of Alkylated Stereogenic Centers: The Bisai Synthesis of Lycoramine
20 February 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

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Organic Chemistry - A Definition

Organic chemistry focuses on molecules mainly composed of carbon and hydrogen, along with a handful of other elements - such as oxygen, nitrogen, silicon, sulfur, and phosphorus. Organic chemistry deals with synthetic methods, reaction mechanisms and kinetics, and uses analytical methods for reaction control and purification such as chromatography (TLC, GC, HPLC), and structure confirmation such as NMR and IR, but also structure determination such as NMR and X-ray crystallography. New fields of organic chemistry for example include organometallic chemistry, which is the study of carbon-based compounds that contain metals, and bioorganic chemistry, which combines organic chemistry and biochemistry. Methods of organic chemistry are used in medicinal chemistry, natural product chemistry, and materials science. In the industry, organic chemists work in discovery chemistry (making new molecules) and process optimization (finding better synthetic methods for large scale production).