Arianna and Valeria took up Merck’s 2021 Compound Challenge

Our PhD candidates Valeria and Arianna, together with their colleague and friend Vincenzo from Arcadi research group, have been testing their skills in organic synthesis by joining the annual retrosynthesis challenge hosted by Merck.

Each team received a target molecule on 15 March, and had until 19 March to plan a complete retrosynthesis and forward-synthesis project. The ten most promising syntheses will be tested, hands on, in a lab… but only the best one will receive a 10000 euro prize.

May the best win! In the meantime, congratulations to Arianna, Valeria and Vincenzo who gave their best for sure!

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