Register to attend final of the 3rd National Retrosynthesis Competition

13 Jan 2016

For many years, the UK has produced high calibre synthetic organic chemists, able to retrosynthetically disconnect complex molecules and natural products and solve the challenging problem associated with the forward synthesis. To celebrate this, and following on from the success of similar events in 2012 and 2015, groups from SCI and the RSC would like to present the 3rd National Retrosynthesis Competition to be held at RSC HQ, Burlington House on Friday 11 March 2016.

The event will showcase UK chemists from both industry and academia, allowing them 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, not only acclaim from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community, but also cutting edge scientific equipment and specifically designed trophies, donated by our generous sponsors.

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

The first round molecule was released on Monday 26 October 2015 and a number of very high calibre entries were made before the deadline closed on Friday 11 December 2015. At this moment in time, the judges are selecting teams to progress to the final, with the shortlist being announced on Monday 18 January 2015.

Competition entrance for the event is now closed but there will be a number of audience spaces available to watch the final. To register interest in attending or for any further information/questions please email Maggi Churchouse, Robert Wybrow, follow @UKRetroComp on Twitter or the LinkedIn Group, UK Retrosynthesis Competition.

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