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CE2385 Selective organic synthesis, theory 7.5 credits

Selective Organic Synthesis (CE2385) is an advanced master level course in organic chemistry tand a continuation of Advanced Organic Chemistry (KD2310). The course aims at widen and deepen the students' knowledge and understanding of modern organic synthesis, including light- and electricity driven synthesis. The course covers fundamental concepts in chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity and apply these in synthetic strategies. In addition, the course covers retrosynthetic analysis that aims at enabling advanced organic synthesis from simple molecular building blocks. The content of CE2385 (7.5 hp) is identical to the theory in KD2390 (9.0 hp). For this reason, these courses are mutually exclusive and only one of them may be included in a diploma degree.


Please note that from the fall semester 2024 the course CE2385 will be replaced with the course CK2385 with the corresponding course content.

Choose semester and course offering to see current information and more about the course, such as course syllabus, study period, and application information.

Headings with content from the Course syllabus CE2385 (Autumn 2023–Spring 2024) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Fundamental concepts in chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectivity
  • Synthetic strategy and principles for selective, in particular stereoselective, chemical transformations
  • Transition metal catalysis
  • Frontier orbital-controlled reactions
  • Retrosynthetic analysis
  • Advanced organic synthesis

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain basic chemo-, regio-, and stereoselective concepts and apply these in synthesis, as well as construct reactions pathways of complex organic compounds using retrosynthetic analysis.
  • Analyze and summarize literature in the field of organic chemistry.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in engineering or in sciences including 75 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering of which at least 15 credits in organic chemistry. English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

KD2310 Advanced Organic Chemistry


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 6.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The final grade will be the same as for the written examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

The project course KD2905 (7.5 credits) or KD2910 (15 credits) may be used as complementary laboratory course to CE2385. Please contact the course coordinators for CE2385 for more information.