A celebration of organic chemistry

26 Jun 2014

On the 22 and 23 September 2014 influential researchers from across the UK, Europe and US will gather to present a series of lectures on the latest developments in the field of organic chemistry. This event, organised by SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and hosted at the Eli Lilly & Co Research and Development centre, will explore some of the future research opportunities available to scientists working in the field.

The first day of the conference will open with Dr James Bull (Imperial College) who will talk about the synthesis and functionalization of 4-membered heterocycles. Prof Keith Jones (Institute Cancer Research) will talk about heterocyclic synthesis with a biological slant, and Prof Peter Wipf (Pittsburgh USA) will talk about the total synthesis of strained ring alkaloids. Prof Dave Knight (Cardiff University) will present on making alkenes and alkynes fond of nucleophiles. There will also be an industrial contribution from Eli Lilly the subject matter for which will be disclosed nearer to the meeting. Prof Varinder Aggarwal (University of Bristol) will conclude the day with and intriguingly titled presentation, 'Assembly line synthesis'.

Day two will start with Prof Tim Donohoe (University of Oxford) detailing new reactions and new opportunities for organic synthesis. This will be followed by Prof Ben Feringa (University of Groningen) with a presentation titled 'In control of molecular re-activity'. Prof Paul Knochel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) will then give an overview of functionalised heterocyclic magnesium and zinc organometallics in organic synthesis. 'Fluorine (Radio)chemistry: from basic to clinic' is the title of the talk from Prof Veronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford), while Dr Igor Larossa (Queen Mary University London) will detail some new methods for controlling the reactivity and selectivity of C-H activation in bi0-aryls using Pd, Au, and Ag. The conference will conclude with Prof Chris Moody (University of Nottingham), who will give a presentation entitled, 'Quinones: natural products, synthesis and biological activity'.

Synthetic organic chemistry remains as important today as ever and is one of the most rapidly developing areas in the field. This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest developments, both in the arena of natural product synthesis, and also new methodology development.

Please register before 28 July to receive the early bird rates.

Jack York and The SCI Fine Chemicals Group

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