2023 Advanced Strategic Organic Synthesis

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yoshizawa Michito  Sawada Tomohisa 
Class Format
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Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr5-6(G1-110 (G113))  
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course focuses on the basics of stereochemistry, pericyclic reactions, photochromic molecules, photoreactions in cavities, and solid-state photoreactions.
[Aim of the course] The aim of this course is to systematically study the frontiers of modern organic chemistry and acquire the basics, while relating it to the basics of organic chemistry learned in the undergraduate course. The topics cover a wide range of knowledges from the basics of structures and reactions to their synthetic strategies.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to explain (1) stereoelectronic effects, (2) pericyclic reactions, (3) molecular topologies, (4) photochromic molecules, (5) photoreactions in organic and coordination cavities, and (5) solid-state photoreactions.


Stereoelectronic effect, Pericyclic reaction, Molecular topology, Photoreaction, Photochromic molecule, Cavity, Solid-state photoreaction

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures will be given in the following order: (1) stereoelectronic effects, (2) pericyclic reactions, (3) molecular topologies, (4) photochromic molecules, (5) photoreactions in cavities, and (6) solid-state photoreactions. Students' understanding will be checked by a quiz or question-and-answer in each topic.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Stereoelectronic effects Explain the stereoelectronic effects based on molecular orbitals
Class 2 Pericyclic reactions Explain the theory and examples of pericyclic reactions
Class 3 Molecular topologies Explain the synthetic examples of molecular topologies
Class 4 Photochromic molecules Explain photochromic molecules
Class 5 Photoreactions in cavities Explain photoreactions in organic and coordination cavities
Class 6 Solid-state photoreactions Explain the principle and examples of solid-state photoreactions
Class 7 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Course scores are based on quizes or question-and-answer (50%) and exams (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I423 : Advanced Organic Materials Chemistry
  • CAP.A423 : Advanced Organic Synthesis I
  • CAP.I420 : Advanced Supramolecular Science

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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