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CK2385 Modern Organic Chemistry, theory 7.5 credits

The course focuses on reactivity in modern organic chemistry and discusses the underlying factors that determine how organic compounds react.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CK2385 (Autumn 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 chemical transformations  
  • Transition metal catalysis 
  • Frontier orbital-controlled reactions 
  • Retrosynthetic analysis 

Intended learning outcomes

  • 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, out of which at least 10 credits in organic chemistry. English B/6. 

Recommended prerequisites

The course CK2310 Advanced organic chemistry, KD2310 Advanced organic chemistry or equivalent.


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Clayden, Greeves, Warren: Organic Chemistry, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-927029-3 and additional scientific articles.

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, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 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 examination (TEN1). 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

The ability to raise your grade (plussning) is not allowed.


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

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course has the same theoretical content as the course CE2385 Selective organic synthesis, theory 7,5 hp and KD2390 Selective organic synthesis, 9 hp and CK2390 Modern Organic Chemistry 7.5 hp. 

Only one of the courses CK2385, CE2385, KD2390 and CK2390 may be included in a diploma.