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Reduction: The Ichikawa/Hosokawa Synthesis of Axisonitrile-3
18 September 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Oxidation: The Hong/Gui Synthesis of Bufospirostenin A
11 September 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

The Renata Synthesis of Gedunin
04 September 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Other Methods for Carbocyclic Construction: 6,11-Epoxyisodaucane (Tanino), Magellanine (Yao), Nemorosonol (Ohyoshi/Kigoshi), Antroalbocin (Kalesse), Cochlearol B (Schindler), Emerione A (Miller)
28 August 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Diels-Alder Cycloaddition: Rameswaralide (Romo), Lucidumone (de la Torre), Anthracimycin (Qian/Tong), Alstonlarsine A (Ferjancic/Bihelovic), Ophiorrine A (Vincent), Daphgraciline (Sun/Li)
21 August 2023 - Douglass F. Taber

Organic Reactions

Find the most important name reactions in organic chemistry, stability data for the most frequently used protective groups, protection and deprotection methods; browse synthetic transformations.


Abstracts of articles in the field of organic synthesis, published in the most highly regarded organic chemistry journals


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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).