cod. 1004471

Academic year 2014/15
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica organica (CHIM/06)
Discipline chimiche organiche
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims at providing to the students the knowledge of organic stereochemistry which allows them to understand the reactions of chirality transfer. New reactions will be presented to increase the student preparation in organic chemistry. Different kinds of reactions will be presented, also with attention to stereoselectivity.
In addition, the fundamental principles of green chemistry will be discussed in order to evaluate the eco-efficiency of a chemical process.
Particular attention will be always devoted to discussion of results from the literature and examples of industrial application.


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Course unit content

Role of chirality in nature. Organic stereochemistry: molecular chirality due to center, axis, plane of chirality and elicity. Atropoisomerism. Chirooptical methods: polarimetry; circular dicroism (CD) and its application in conformational and configurational studies (octant rule). Study of dynamic phenomena by NMR spectroscopy. Time scale in NMR, IR and UV spectroscopies. Conformational analysis by NMR: thermodynamic and kinetic aspects.
Determination of the enantiomeric composition by chromatographic and NMR methods. Stereoselective and stereospecific reactions. 1,2-Concerted rearrangements involving C, O and N atoms. Diastereo- and enantioselective syntheses. Aldolic condensations and Diels-Alder reactions. Pericyclic reactions. Epoxidation reactions and use of Sharpless as well as Jacobsen-Katsuki chiral catalysts. Chirality amplification. Origin of chirality in nature. Chirality and biological effects. Protective groups. Additional organic reactions (e.g. click chemistry). Heterogeneous catalysts for enantioselective reactions. Supported catalysts. Functionalisation of solid supports with (chiral) metal complexes and biomolecules for enantioselective processes.
Sustainable development and eco-compatibility of chemical processes. The twelve principles of the Green Chemistry. New reaction media: water, supercritical fluids, ionic liquids. Heterogeneous catalysis. Examples of environmental friendly industrial processes and comparison with traditional ones

Full programme

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- F. A. Carey, R. A. Sundberg “Advanced Organic Chemistry” Springer;
- E.L. Eliel, S.H. Wilen “Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds” J.Wiley & Sons;
- R.A. Sheldon,I.Arends, U. Hanefeld- “Green Chemistry and Catalysis”, Wiley-VCH; - D.E. De Vos , I.F.J. Vankelecom, P.A. Jacobs - “Chiral Catalyst Immobilization and Recycling”, Wiley-VCH

Literature references on various topics will be given to allow deeper study.

Teaching methods

Transparencies and Power point slides will be employed and a copy will be given in advance to the students. References of original papers are furnished to permit a deeper study.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

Other information

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