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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 66-69

Total Synthesis of Diabetes Drug Rosiglitazone for an Advanced Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Course

Fehmi Damkaci*, Adam Szymaniak, and Ryan Cotroneo

Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126,
Received August 15, 2016. Accepted September 27, 2016.

Published: 25 March 2017

Abstract. The total synthesis of racemic Rosiglitazone, also known as the anti-diabetes drug Avandia, in six steps is the basis for an advanced undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory course. Several techniques and concepts learned in an introductory organic chemistry laboratory course are reinforced, and include TLC analysis, recrystallization, and reaction work-up. Additional techniques introduced into the organic chemistry laboratory course include phase-transfer catalysis, flash column chromatography, pressurized hydrogenation reactions, and multi-step total synthesis. Students are challenged at several levels, but mostly by an expectation of independent, in-depth spectral analysis of each product and providing bi-weekly experimental reports with journal-style spectral analysis. An advanced undergraduate organic laboratory course centered on the total synthesis of a medicinally important compound provides an overall focus for the semester, as well as greater interest and motivation for students.s

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry

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Notes for instructors, experimental details, and 1H and 13C NMR spectra for all products are available as a PDF file. (11.3 MB)

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