3rd RSC / SCI
National Retrosynthesis Competition 2016
26th October - 11th December 2015 (first round)
Friday, 11th March 2016 (final)
Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK
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First round molecule flier
The Winning Team
Please read this article to learn more about the winning team from the University of St Andrews, known as "Totally Disconnected with Base".
The RSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group, the RSC Organic Division, the SCI Fine Chemicals Group, and the SCI Young Chemists' Panel are pleased to present the 3rd National Retrosynthesis Competition which was held at the Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House on 11th March 2016.
How to Enter the Competition
The format for the event was similar to the 2015 competition, consisting of two rounds:
- The first round required teams to provide both a retro- and forward-synthetic route to a given target which will then be judged on brevity of synthesis, feasibility in forward synthesis, elegance and style of presentation. The closing date for submissions was 11th December.
- A number of shortlisted teams were then selected (and notified by 18th January 2016) to progress to the second round where they were asked to provide a retro- and forward-synthetic route for another, more challenging molecule. These teams were then invited to present their routes to the judging panel and audience at the final event on 11th March.
Please read these Terms and Conditions.
The first round molecule is Corianlactone (see this flyer and image below) and, along with both Coriatone, are two novel highly oxygenated picrotoxane-type sesquiterpenes, with an unprecedented sesquiterpene basic skeleton, named coriane. They have been isolated from Coriaria nepalensis Wall plant and have showed interesting biological activity.
|Programme - Friday, 11th March|
* Each presentation was be 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes for Q&A
Registration was free-of-charge, although all attendees had to register in advance. There were several registration categories: finalist team member, member of the judging panel, invited guest, audience member (limited places), exhibitor (who would also have been a sponsor), organising committee member.
Sponsors were encouraged, and any sponsorship was recognised by the inclusion of your logo in rolling slides at the event and in the delegate handouts, as well as on this website.
We are grateful to our confirmed sponsors:
All sponsoring organisations had the opportunity to exhibit at the final on Friday, 11th March, subject to availability, allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. An exhibition stand comprised a table and chair, and the opportunity to display materials and to have pull-up roller panels (maximum of two roller panels, no wider than 1 metre each).
This event was organised jointly by:
Robert Wybrow (Chair) Syngenta, UK
Andrew Williams Lilly, UK
Maggi Churchouse, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK
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