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The Joy of Organic Chemistry

Dear Reader,

I am happy to bring to you the ‘joy of organic chemistry’, if you would rather remain the same as you are right now and not enjoy the delights of organic chemistry then please accept my apologies and stop reading now. If on the other hand you want to enjoy organic chemistry and improve your grades then please carry on reading. For those of you who are unable to decide if organic chemistry is important to you, I suggest you read the following story.

We will start with reduction and oxidation in organic chemistry, then we move onto the carbonyl group, then you get alkyl halides (SN2, SN1, E2 and E1 chemistry), alkenes, aromatics and some organic synthesis.

We will start with oxidation and reduction of alcohols and carbonyl groups, then we will move onto carboxylic acids, esters and related topics. I have discussed how headache pills, biodiesel and paint all relate to carboxylic acid chemistry here (This is the best thing for you to read).

For the SN2 chemistry lesson please see here.

For SN1 chemistry please see here.

For alkene chemistry please go here, for interesting alkene chemistry which relates to unhealthy food and cosmetic implants go here.

Those of you who are having trouble with orbitals please try looking here, this is a orbital zoo which is run by a british chemist (Mark Winter) where you can look at many different orbitals.

This page is new, but in the future as we go through the first year organic class at Chalmers new content will be added for your enjoyment and enlightenment. I hope in the near future to add content to all the topics so please come back and take a second look every now and then. If you like this page then please tell me and your friends, if you hate this page then please also tell me (but no abusive hate mail please)


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  4. I came across your blog researching estradiol. Can you give me a site which discusses all the catabolic pathways of that hormone (including names of enzymes) and possibly discuss simple reactions which develop color when coupled with estradiol.

  5. I’m interested in estradiol chemistry – breakdown and assay (using simple, easily available chemicals.) Internet sites show assays with immunologic or nuclear chemicals which I can’t obtain. Can you reply to my email address?

  6. I have a question about reductions. I’m investigating a proten-oligosaccharide coupling that secures the bond by reducing the imide (formed by a lysine residue reacting with a terminal aldehyde) to a stable amine bond. First Cyanoborohydride is used to reduce the imide, then regular sodium borohydride is used to reduce the excess aldehydes. I want to get rid of the cyanoborohydride for obvious reasons, and I was wondering if the coupling would suffer from just skipping the cyanoborohydride entirely. If it does suffer, are there any suitable replacements for the cyanoborohydride that are less toxic? I hope you can find the time to give me an answer

  7. Really appreciable!

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