April SciBar

The Park Tavern

The Bollington Brewing Company


The Art of Organic Synthesis: Cascade Reactions

Speaker: Monserrat H. Garduño-Castro, Synthetic Organic Chemist, The University of Manchester

We live in a world which is largely shaped by organic compounds. Some of them are found in nature in microorganisms or plants and some others are synthesized by chemists, such as insecticides or plastics. The usual procedure for the synthesis of organic compounds is the stepwise formation of the individual bonds in the target molecules, molecules often inspired by compounds Nature makes.

At present, synthetic chemists have been challenged to develop much more efficient, environmentally friendly, novel and elegant organic reactions that could form bonds in one sequence without isolation of intermediates, changing the reaction conditions, or adding reagents. We call this type of transformations cascade reactions. Nature will always be the uncontested master, but I dare say chemists are doing their job very well.

Event starts 6.30 pm

Anyone from Junior School age onward is very welcome. You don’t need to be an expert. Just bring an inquisitive mind!

Admission is free and as always arrive early to guarantee a good seat.

Food will be served from 5pm until 8pm.


Monday 29 April


The Park Tavern