2020 Advanced Strategic Organic Synthesis

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Akita Munetaka  Yoshizawa Michito 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and practical examples of organic photoreaction, including conventional organic photoreactions, photoredox catalysis, photochromic molecules, photoreactions in cavities, and solid-state photoreactions.
[Aim of the course] Light is a "green" chemical tool for organic synthesis and its importance and utility have greatly increased in modern organic chemisrty. The aim of this course is to facilitate students' understanding of a wide range of organic photoreactions and their synthetic strategies.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to explain (1) conventional organic photoreactions, (2) the theory and practice of photoredox catalysis, (3) photochromic molecules, (4) photoreactions in organic and coordination cavities, and (5) solid-state photoreactions.


Photoreaction, Photoredox catalysis, 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) general introduction, (2) conventional organic photoreactions, (3) photoredox catalysis, (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 General introduction and conventional organic photoreactions Explain the background and conventional organic photoreaction
Class 2 Photoredox catalysis (1): theory Explain the theory of photoredox catalysis
Class 3 Photoredox catalysis (2): practice Explain the practice of photoredox catalysis
Class 4 Photochromic molecules Explain photochromic molecules
Class 5 Photoreactions in organic cavities Explain photoreactions in organic cavities
Class 6 Photoreactions in coordination cavities Explain photoreactions in coordination cavities
Class 7 Solid-state photoreactions  Explain solid-state photoreactions

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

  • Advanced Organic Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis II
  • Advanced Catalytic Reactions I

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

No prerequisites.

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