Advanced Organic Chemistry

Module Leader:
Anna Fedor
2014-2015 Autumn
Natural Sciences

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the most important concepts and principles in organic chemistry with an emphasis on the structure of molecules. We will start by revising the structure of simple molecules: their spatial structure, how to represent their structure and different forms of isomerism. We will deduce the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds from their structure and components. We will learn how to identify an organic structure through isolation, crystallography and different forms of spectroscopy. The course will conclude with a laboratory visit, where students will have to identify an unknown compound themselves. After completing the course students will understand how the 3D structure of organic compounds can be deduced from their components and their bonds and how their physical and chemical properties can be deduced from their structure. Students will be able to describe some advanced techniques for identifying organic structures. This course is useful for students who want to take undergraduate courses in chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, biology or medicine. It is necessary to understand organic chemistry for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip students for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.