This module introduces basic organic chemistry and covers structures, reactivity as well as mechanisms. The objective is that students understand the principles of reactivity such as electrophilicity and nucleophilicity and can apply these concepts when solving mechanistic tasks. The lecture starts with alkanes and their nomenclature followed by reactions with alkenes and alkynes. Carbonyl chemistry and aromatic ring systems represent another major topic.
The course covers principles and theories of the reactivity of organic compounds. Knowledge of the most important reagents and reactive intermediates, their behaviour and energetics are conveyed such that the student can understand and predict reactions of organic compounds. Important reaction types and their mechanisms, specific reactions, including industrially relevant processes, are covered.
Energy and Reactivity; Classification of Organic Reactions; Reactive intermediates and Acid/Base Chemistry; Nucleophilic Substitution; Elimination; Electrophilic Addition; Cycloaddition; Aromatic Substitution; Radical Reactions; Oxidation Reactions; Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds; Reactions of Organometallic Compounds; Enolates; Conjugate Addition; Rearrangements.