00150 - Organic Chemistry I

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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 Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

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, halogens as well as phosphorus, silicon and sulfur. Organic compounds are sorted into organic families defined by functional groups which are small structural units within molecules at which most of the compound's chemical reactions occur.

Course contents

Electronic structure and bonding

Electron delocalization and resonance

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes

Acids e bases



Radical reactions

Alkyl halides: substitution and elimination reactions


Ethers, epoxides and sulfur-containing compounds


Conjugated systems

Aldehydes and ketones

Carboxylic acids

Carboxylic acid derivatives
Aromaticity: Benzene

Reactivity of Benzene



Brown, Iverson, Ansylyn, Foote - Organic Chemistry

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons

Assessment methods

Written and oral examination

Teaching tools

PowerPoint slides. PDF files are available at IOL web site.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Lucarini

See the website of Paola Franchi