Functional groups and chirality

For Year 12 Chemistry

In this workshop, students apply their understanding of different functional groups and chirality to the context of medicines.  Students will learn about the role functional groups play in drug delivery and targeting as well as design their own medicine molecule.  Students will also witness how the chirality of a medicine molecule affects its ability to bind to receptors in the body.  By the end of the session, students will have the opportunity to apply their understanding of functional groups and chirality in a pharmaceutical sciences context by attempting an exam-style question.


  • Monash University, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052


  • At your school (we require a classroom with a projector and tables suitable for team work)


  • 1-2 hours


  • Best for a maximum of 25 students


  • Flexible with days and times, availability of on-campus workshops subject to room access

Chemistry concepts explored

It is recommended that students have familiarity with the below concepts prior to the workshop.

  • Hydroxyl, formyl/aldehyde and ketone functional groups
  • Chirality
  • Intermolecular forces- hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole interactions and dispersion forces
  • Molecular/receptor specificity

Key skills developed

  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Application of content to new contexts
Interested?  Contact us to find out more or book in a workshop for your class.