Organic chemistry is essentially the study of carbon-based compounds. The beauty of this discipline comes from the same source as its difficulty: complexity. The variability of organic compounds is basically infinite thanks to the special properties of carbon. 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..
Module Leader:Anna Fedor