Organic Chemistry

The Organic chemistry track is designed for those who want to learn more about modern synthetic methods and strategies to be able to independently work on problems involving the chemistry of carbon compounds. Particular emphasis is put on developing skills in practical laboratory work.

In the Organic chemistry track, you have the opportunity to improve your skills in organic chemistry, including knowledge of chemical reactions, their mechanisms, catalysis, design of efficient synthetic strategies, purification and characterization of reaction products, and theoretical models. Training takes place in an environment with close links to current research of high international standard.

Organic chemistry addresses chemists with basic knowledge and practical skills in organic chemistry. The curriculum consists of courses in chemistry.

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Profile courses

Organic Synthesis, 15 credits

How to synthesize a desired organic molecule with optimal yield, selectivity, and efficiency? How to develop a synthesis plan, and then realize it in the laboratory? This course is intended for chemists who want to learn current synthesis methods, including practical skills used by organic chemists in both research, development and production. The course is very laboratory intensive and also requires knowledge of spectroscopic characterization of organic substances. For more information - see the syllabus.

Chemical Molecular Design, 10 credits

Here you will learn to design molecules with desired functionality to address a given scientific problem. Contents include cost evaluation in relation to the likelihood of success and possible benefits from a given molecule. Examples of target molecules are modified proteins and other catalysts. For more information - see the syllabus.

Chemical Libraries and Efficient Synthesis, 15 credits

The course covers basic and advanced methods in organic synthesis, including diversity oriented synthesis for the production of large selections of compounds that cover the chemical space. Development of synthetic routes for the efficient production of molecular libraries with great diversity. Particular emphasis is given to chemical genetics, synthesis methodology for high-throughput and solid-phase synthesis, analysis and monitoring of combinatorial libraries. Since the course is laboratory intense, skills to work independently in an organic-chemical laboratory are expected. For more information - see the syllabus.

"Organic chemistry gives an unique understanding of the interaction between molecules. Knowledge that is highly useful within many different parts of science and that also enrich your life with a deeper understanding of things around you."


At the Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry research focused on organic chemistry is conducted in a wide range of areas. Examples of research projects include selective organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, modification of nano-structured materials, synthetic ion channels, molecular electronics, photo-sensitive peptidomimetics, antioxidants, and chemical materials from sustainable sources.


In one research group methods are developed for synthesizing desired molecules with biomass as raw material instead of fossil carbon sources. Herein lies the key to the future chemistry! The challenge consists of substituting the OH-groups of the carbohydrates with other molecules. One of the partial projects is to produce bio fuels from
forest waste and the OH-groups is then changed for hydrogen gas with help of metal catalysts and innocuous solvents. On the picture we can see Anna, a soon-to-bee PhD-student, who is studying the reaction mechanism to be able to improve the process.