January 2022

Organic Synthesis Laboratory

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-321


David E. Hansen (Section 01J)
Alberto M. Lopez (Section 01J)
Lauren M. Reutenauer (Section 01J)


If nothing else, organic chemistry is a laboratory-based discipline. This class is designed primarily to enhance a student's laboratory skills in organic chemistry but also to reinforce foundational concepts discussed in previous classes. Each day will begin with a short instructor-led discussion coupled with student planning of the day’s experiments, but the majority of class time will be spent in the laboratory. Students will begin the term with a short synthesis that will introduce basic laboratory techniques. In the following weeks, students will be asked to design and carry out their own syntheses within a chemical framework provided by instructors. The relevance and results of the student-designed syntheses will be presented in a final project. 

Students will be expected to attend in person five days a week from morning through midafternoon with a scheduled lunch break. Techniques employed will include but are not limited to: rotary evaporation, distillation, recrystallization, thin-layer and column chromatography, chemical extraction, infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Requisite: CHEM 231. Limited to 18 students. January term. Professors David Hansen, Alberto Lopez, and Dr. Lauren Reutenauer. 

If Overenrolled: In the event of over-enrollment, Chemistry majors will be prioritized during roster management.


Attention to Research, Lab Science Course


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in January 2022, Spring 2022