Fall 2022 - CHEM 755 G100

Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 2841

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5047, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    WMC 3511, Burnaby



An advanced treatment of strategy in organic synthesis. The principles and use of modern synthetic methodology. Equivalent Courses: CHEM751


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Instruction:

3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-Person, Burnaby Campus
Tutorial: In-Person, Burnaby Campus


An advanced treatment of the strategies and tactics that are used in multi-step organic synthesis will be provided (retrosynthetic analysis, protecting groups, linear and convergent synthesis). The principles and uses of modern synthetic methods will be introduced. The approach employed in this course will be to examine the syntheses of biologically active natural products (steroids, terpenes, alkaloids, and polyethers). This will provide a historical perspective of the development of the art and science of total synthesis over the course of the past century. This approach will also illustrate the use of functional group interconversions, carbon-carbon bond formation reactions, organometallic chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, pericyclic reactions and enzymes in total synthesis.

Combined undergraduate course: CHEM 455 - Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)


  • Oral Presentation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 60%



Laszlo Kurti & Barbara Czako. "Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis". 1st Edition, 2005. Publisher: Academic Press.
ISBN: 9780123694836

"Advanced Organic Chemistry. Part A. Structure and Mechanisms. Part B. Reactions and Synthesis", Carey and Sundberg, Plenum Press, 1990.
"Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanisms, and Structure", March, Wiley 1985.
"The Logic of Chemical Synthesis", Corey and Chang, Wiley, 1989.
"Designing Organic Syntheses: A Programmed Introduction to the Synthon Approach", Warren, Wiley, 1980.
"Organic Synthesis: Concepts Methods, Starting Materials", Fuhrhop and Penzlin, VCH, 1994. 
"Classics in Total Synthesis I", Nicolaou and Sorensen, VCH, 1996. (and II, III).
"Classics in Hydrocarbon Chemistry", Hopf, VCH, 2000.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html