29925 - Organic Chemistry

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  • Teacher Lorenzo Bertin

  • Credits 6

  • SSD CHIM/06

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (cod. 8887)


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

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

the student will get basic knowledge about the structure, properties, syntheses and reactions of the main industrially interesting groups of organic compounds.

Course contents

The organic chemistry and its scientific and industrial importance for the food industry and biotechnology: the "biorefinery" as an alternative to fossil fuels.

The formulas of organic compounds and their graphical representation.

The classification of organic compounds. The conventional and rational IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.

The aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons: structure, nomenclature, physical properties, preparation and reactivity. Functional organic compounds: nomenclature, physical properties and reactivity.

The isomerism in organic chemistry: structural isomerism and stereoisomerism; the R, S and E, Z classifications.

Organic reactions and their yields. Basics from thermodynamic and chemical kinetic. The mechanism of organic reactions: General principles and thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. The inductive, steric and resonance effects.

Heterocyclic compounds, aromatic and non aromatic.

Halogenated organic compounds. Alcohols and phenols. Ethers and epoxides. Thioethers, thiols and other sulfur organic derivatives. Amines and other organic fertilizers. Aldehydes and ketones. Carboxylic acids and their derivatives. Transposition reactions.



Suggested literature:

Organic Chemistry:

J. McMurray - Fondamenti di Chimica Organica - Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna.

In general, any universitary book dedicated to the organic chemistry subject can be utilized.

Teaching methods

the Course consists of 60 hours of class lectures.

additional optional classes will be proposed to discuss exercises.

Assessment methods

the examination consists in a written test. 4 questions will be proposed, two general questions (max. 10 points) and two more specific questions (max. 5 points). the examination will last 2 hours.  

Teaching tools

The following supporting material will be proposed during the lectures: slides, schemes and some integration notes, which will integrate conventional book notes and will be provided to the students

Office hours

See the website of Lorenzo Bertin