00148 - Organic Chemistry

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course involves the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of chemical compounds consisting of primarily carbon and hydrogen, which may contain any number of other elements, including nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur and halogens. Organic compounds are sorted into organic families defined by functional groups representing small structural units within molecules at which most of the compound's chemical reactions occur.

The programme contains also elements of bio-organic chemistry covering amino acids, peptides, proteins, and carbohydrates.


Course contents

1) Covalent bonding and shape of molecules

2) Alkanes and cycloalkanes

3) Stereochemistry and chirality

4) Acids and bases

5) Alkenes

6) Reactions of alkenes

7) Alkynes

8) Haloalkanes, halogenation and radical reactions

9) Nucleophilic substitution and beta-elimination

10) Alcohols

11) Ethers, epoxides and sulphides

12) Organometallic compounds

13) Aldehydes and ketones

14) Carboxylic acids

15) Functional derivatives of carboxylic acids

16) Enolate anions and enamines

17) Conjugated systems

18) Benzene and aromaticity

19) Reactions of benzene and its derivatives

20) Amines

21) Carbohydrates, Aminoacids and proteins.


Readings/Bibliography

- K. P. C. Vollhardt, N. E. Schore, Chimica Organica; 4a Ed., Zanichelli (2016)

- W. H. Brown, C. S. Foote, B.L. Iverson, E. V. Anslyn, Chimica Organica – 5a Ed., EdiSES, 2015

- P. Yurkanis Bruice, Chimica Organica, EdiSES, 2005

- J. Gorzynski Smith, Chimica Organica, McGraw-Hill, 2007.

- B.L. Iverson, S. Iverson, Guida alla soluzione dei problemi da Chimica Organica di Brown, Foote, B Iverson, Anslyn, 4a Ed., EdiSES, 2016.

- T. W. G. Solomons, C. B. Fryhle, R. G. Johnson, La chimica organica attraverso gli esercizi


Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons

Assessment methods

Written text and oral examination.

Teaching tools

PowerPoint slides

Office hours

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