Key elements in organic synthesis

The SCI Young Chemist’s Panel held its sixteenth review meeting at SCI’s Belgrave Square headquarters in London on 4 December 2009.

Slightly different from most one day symposia, the aim of these annual events is to provide participants with an overview of a contemporary research area, with a strong emphasis on recent developments in the field. This meeting covered synthetic aspects of p-block chemistry, especially those involving boron, sulphur, silicon, phosphorus and the halogens.

The p-block elements are instantly familiar to most chemists who use them to illustrate the concepts of periodicity early in their education, but they are also of central importance in the field of organic synthesis. Not only are they integral elements of many industrially important targets, but they mediate a staggering range of reactions, including such favourites as the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling, Dess- Martin oxidation, CBS reduction and Wittig reaction. New research into chemistries involving p-block elements is published every day, and keeping up to date with the latest reagents and techniques is an extremely difficult task – but SCI’s crack team of experts was on hand to help!

Comprehensive lectures were delivered by some of the UK’s brightest young academics, who also highlighted their own cutting-edge research in the area, and keynote speaker Professor Varinder Aggarwal discussed his adventures in the field of sulphur chemistry.This event is open to all and there is no registration or admission charge.

Teyrnon Jones, Medicinal Chemist, Astrazeneca UK and SCI Young Chemists’ Panel

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