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Carbohydrate Chemistry
Provider: Department of Chemistry

Activity no.: 5771-16-10-33 
Enrollment deadline: 31/07/2019
PlaceDepartment of Chemistry
Universitetsparken 5, 2100 København Ø
Date and timeAugust 2019 - September 2019
Regular seats20
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personChristian Marcus Pedersen    E-mail address: cmp@chem.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserChristian Marcus Pedersen    E-mail address: cmp@chem.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Block note7 weeks + exam 7 hours per week
Exam requirementsPhD and candidate (master)
Exam formOral examination
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours


1. To give an exhaustive description of carbohydrate structure, conformation and stereochemistry.
2. To give a description of most common and useful protection groups that are used to protect carbohydrates.
3. To be familiar with the most important modifications and functionalizations of the sugar ring.
4. To have a good understanding of how to use carbohydrates as starting materials in synthesis
5. To have a thorough knowledge about glycosylation methods and strategy.
6. To be familiar with glycoconjugate structure and biosynthesis
7. To have knowledge about glycobiology
8. To have a good understanding of methods for analysis and purification of carbohydrates

T. K. Lindhorst “Essentials of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry, 3rd edition.

Carbohydrates are the most abundant natural products, in line with their role as energy stores and structural building blocks in plants. They are versatile enough to serve as encoders of biological information and, last but not least, they are involved in a variety of molecular recognition processes. The exploration and exploitation of this class of extremely important molecules is an exciting and ever changing field.

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