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and Biomolecular Chemistry Division (III)
Title: Development of Guidelines for the Transmission of Information
on Organic Synthesis (Abbreviation Guidelines and Glossary of Terms
for Protecting Groups in Synthesis)
Remarks: A completely new committee was nominated in Jan. 1998
Synthesis is a major and important component of not only organic chemistry
but all chemistry. In the last couple of decades the art and science
of synthesis has reached a very sophisticated level. A perusal of the
existing literature in this field indicates that at present there is
no systematic, standardized, universally accepted glossary of terms
for chemical moieties widely used as protecting groups. Simply put,
this vast field has not been formally structured and the terms used
standardized. An international IUPAC Committee is the appropriate group
to provide the required systematization and standardization. A working
party of the Organic Division Subcommittee on Synthesis is establishing
a standard protocal for the abbreviation of protecting groups, so that
a glossary of terms can be compiled. The intention is not so much to
change established terms, but rather to provide guidelines for future
consistency. There appears to be considerable interest in this project
on the part of the synthetic and chemical communities at large. There
are no ongoing related activities known to the Organic Chemistry Division
and this Subcommittee that overlap with this proposal.
It is undertaken to complete the previously initiated activity on "Standard
abbreviations for protecting group".
- project abandoned
Last update: 1 November 1999
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