CHEM 2225: Organic Chemistry Lab II

Note: This course is offered face-to-face (laboratory, clinical) in a laboratory setting.Labs are held in either May, June or July at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. Accommodation may be available at campus residences. TRU-OL reserves the right to cancel a lab section in the event the minimum student enrolment is not obtained by the registration dead-line.

In this five-day lab course, students perform experiments that illustrate the principles learned in CHEM 2223.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Perform the standard techniques used in practical organic chemistry.
  • Plan and carry out a multi-step synthesis using a prescribed procedure.
  • Measure and report relevant physical properties of prepared compounds.
  • Identify selected organic unknowns through physical properties, chemical tests, spectral data, and derivative preparation.
  • Handle organic chemicals safely and describe their potential dangers.
  • Describe disposal techniques and laboratory emergency procedures.
  • Use the reference material found in the laboratory.

Course outline

  • Dehydration of an alcohol
  • Oxidation of a cyclic ketone
  • Reduction of a bicyclic ketone
  • Photochemical reactions
  • Synthesis of a nitrogen containing heterocyclic compound
  • Separation and identification of organic compounds
  • Crossed aldol condensation
  • Organic spectroscopy
  • Infrared
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Required text and materials

Students will be required to print their own laboratory manual prior to their first day in class. Other supplies will be provided during the lab. For safety reasons, students must wear closed shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the labs. No contact lenses are to be worn. Safety goggles much be purchased for this lab.


Students must submit all required laboratory reports and assignments, with 50% or above required on each. Students will also be graded on their lab technique and data book. Students cannot miss more than two lab sessions or an incomplete grade will be assigned.

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