3.3.14 Organic synthesis (A-level only)
The synthesis of an organic compound can involve several steps.
Students should be able to:
• explain why chemists aim to design processes that do not require a solvent and that use non-hazardous starting materials
• explain why chemists aim to design production methods with fewer steps that have a high percentage atom economy
• use reactions in this specification to devise a synthesis, with up to four steps, for an organic compound.