Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group

Heterocyclic and Synthesis

The Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group is one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit Royal Society of Chemistry members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the Royal Society of Chemistry's strategy and charter.


To promote heterocyclic chemistry of all types through the organisation of scientific meetings.

Heterocyclic chemistry is interpreted in its broadest sense and we are the Interest Group closest to mainstream synthetic organic chemistry.

The following themes have been prevalent in recent years:

  • Synthesis and reactivity of heterocycles including mechanistic studies 
  • Practical applications of heterocyclic compounds 
  • Total synthesis 
  • Heterocyclic intermediates and reagents   

We are proud of our strong links with industry which is reflected in the number of group members who work in the chemical industry. The excellent support we receive from industry in both sponsorship and speakers enables us to run high quality meetings.

50th Anniversary

In 2017 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group at the annual postgraduate meeting.

50th Anniversary of the Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group

A report on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the group in 2017.


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests. 

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Downloadable Files

Article - Retro(synthesis) is back in fashion
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Annual Report 2018
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Related Links

Link icon MyRSC Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group
This group is open to anyone with an interest in heterocyclic chemistry. You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141