A novel target synthesis laboratory for students

Smales, C. Mark and Harding, David R.K. (1999) A novel target synthesis laboratory for students. Journal of Chemical Education, 76 (11). pp. 1558-1560. ISSN 0021-9584. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

A third-year specialist course in drug design and delivery focused on a single laboratory goal for all students. A tetrapeptide, destined as the signal component of a drug delivery system, was chosen for this target synthesis. The practical, real-life aspect of the course, and the target synthesis in particular, was a major component of the appeal to the students. Students were given a synthetic scheme based on standard peptide synthesis protocols, and several lectures provided background for the general approach. They were then encouraged to design each step of the synthesis themselves, with reference to the literature and course work. As long as due diligence was shown in attempts to achieve success at each step, no student was penalized for losses, low yields, or other lack of progress. Reports on all procedures used were prepared in a journal format chosen by the student and were collected at the end of the course. The target-synthesis approach was appreciated by the students and enjoyed by the staff. We believe the students left the course with a greater appreciation for laboratory research. It takes more work to set up and run this type of course than the traditional follow-the-recipe course, but in our experience it was worth the extra effort.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Mark Smales
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2009 09:41
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 08:38
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