Win an iPad 10 with the help of Science of Synthesis (SOS)

We know organic chemists love puzzles: Here's your chance to win an iPad 10. Just answer our 9 questions and solve the SOS puzzle. E-mail the correct solution to the SOS editorial team by August 31, 2024. The winner will be drawn from all e-mails with the correct solution word we received. Good luck!

In the SOS editorial office, we know that learning "name reactions" by heart is probably not the best way to understand organic chemistry. Nonetheless, the names of some chemists have become a common shortcut for describing certain reactions. Over the next few weeks we'll be posting a few examples. If you can guess all the names and work out the word made up from the highlighted letters in each answer, you're in with a chance of winning an iPad 10.

Competition Terms & Conditions

1. Only one prize per person is possible. The winners must accept the prize directly after the announcement of the win. Legal recourse is excluded.
2. Participation in this campaign is open exclusively to individuals who are at least 18 years old. The organizer and responsible for this campaign is Georg Thieme Verlag KG, hereinafter referred to as "the campaign manager".
3. Participation in the raffle is free of charge and independent of the purchase of goods and services. The campaign starts on 05.06.2024 and ends on 31.08.2024, 11:59 pm (CEST). To submit the solution, the participant must send an e-mail to the following address "" with the keyword "SOS Competition 2024" as the subject line. The use of multiple e-mails per person to increase the chances of winning is not allowed. Please direct any questions, comments, or complaints about this competition exclusively to the campaign manager.
4. The campaign manager reserves the right to exclude participants who violate the terms of participation or try to influence the campaign through technical manipulation. 
5. The participant is responsible for the accuracy of the contact details provided. If the prize cannot be correctly assigned due to incorrect data provided, the participant's claim to the prize will be forfeited. The winner will be notified immediately. If the prize is not accepted within three (3) days after notification of the win, the campaign manager reserves the right to make the prize available to other participants. There is no entitlement to any difference amount payout in the event of a price reduction.
6. A cash payment of the prize is not possible. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable. Legal recourse is excluded. The winner is responsible for any taxation of the prize. If, for reasons not attributable to the campaign manager, the prize cannot be provided, the campaign manager reserves the right to provide an equivalent replacement.
7. Excluded from participation are the legal representatives and employees of the campaign manager, dealers and distribution partners, as well as all persons involved in the implementation of the giveaway and the family members of the aforementioned persons. The campaign manager is not liable for technical or other problems that are beyond its control. By participating in the campaign, the participant agrees to the contents of these terms and conditions.
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