54726 - Agrochemical and Food Products and Products for Pharmaceutical Usages

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course will give competencies and understanding in medicinal, food and agrochemical organic products. 

The student can apply his/her skills to chemical areas of great economic importance in local and national environment.

Course contents


A good knowledge of functional groups and reactivity in organic chemistry is strongly required. Basic knowledge of simple aminoacids, carbohydrates, and lipids is recommended.

Course content:

Description of properties and function of selected chemical compounds in medicinal and agro-food chemistry.

Module 1

Medicinal Chemistry

What is an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API)

Analysis of the drug discovery & development processes

Pharmacokinetics, dynamics, and safety.

Case history: antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance phenomena, antiviral, and antipain compounds.

Module 2


Pesticides, herbicides, plant groth regulators, and environmental issues.

Sustainability, human & environmental safety and social impact.

 Case studies.

Food Chemistry

Selected natural products in food and transformations.

Antioxidants, food preservation, flavoring.


Lecture Notes

  • G. L. Patrick, An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 4th edition.
  • A.Gasco, F. Gualtieri, C. Melchiorre Chimica Farmaceutica, CEA, 2020
  • P. Cappelli, V. Vannucchi “Principi di Chimica degli Alimenti”, Zanichelli, 2016
  • L. Mannina, M. Daglia, A. Ritieni «La Chimica degli Alimenti»; CEA, 2019.
  • P. Jeschke, M Witshel, W. Krämer, U. Schirmer «Modern Crop Protection Compounds» Vol. 1 e Vol. 3; Wiley-VCH, 2019

Teaching methods

Lessons consist in oral sessions that include presentations of contents by current literature and discussions.

An active student participation to the discussion session is strongly recommended to develop problem solving skills.

Assessment methods

Module 1. Viva voce examination (English or Italian on request) on the course topics.

Module 2. Oral presentation of a chosen topic + Written test 5 multiple choice questions. In alternative: Written test 5 open questions + Written test 5 multiple choice questions.

Teaching tools

Oral lectures and computer presentations that could be retrieved on the web platform Virtuale.

Take notes during lectures is mandatory.

Office hours

See the website of Daria Giacomini

See the website of Emilio Tagliavini