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2nd National Retrosynthesis Competition

Myrothecol A molecule

4 Dec 2014

For many years, the UK has produced high calibre synthetic organic chemists, able to retrosynthetically disconnect complex molecules and natural products then solve the challenging problem associated with the forward synthesis. To celebrate this and following on from the success of the event in 2012, the groups from the RSC and SCI would like to present the second National Retrosynthesis Competition to be held at RSC HQ, Burlington House on 27 February 2015.

The event aims to showcase the calibre of UK chemists from both industry and academia to exhibit their retrosynthetic and forward synthetic prowess. An exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top three teams winning cutting edge scientific equipment and specifically designed trophies, donated by our generous sponsors. This is in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.

The template for the event will be based around the 2012 competition, consisting of two rounds; the first will require teams to provide both a retro- and forward synthetic route to a given target which will then be judged on brevity of synthesis, feasibility in forward synthesis, elegance and style of presentation. A number of teams will then be selected to progress to the second round where they will be asked to provide a retro- and forward synthetic route for another more challenging molecule. These teams will then be invited to present their routes to the judging panel and audience at the final.

The first round molecule was released on Monday 10 November 2014 and the deadline for entries is no later than Friday 19 December 2014. Any further information, including terms and conditions for the event and the template for first round submissions, can be found by clicking the event link below. To register interest or for any further information/questions please email Robert Wybrow, follow @UKRetroComp on Twitter or the LinkedIn Group, UK Retrosynthesis Competition

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