NKEK13006U Organic Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject
The Organic Chemistry course covers structure and mechanisms in organic chemistry with an emphasis on physical organic chemistry.
The major topics are:
Chemical bonding and structure (valence, hypervalence, molecular orbital theory and methods); Stereochemistry (configuration, conformation); Conformationally, sterically and stereoelectronic effects (thermodynamic, kinetic); Electronic substituent effects (on reaction intermediates, isotope effects, catalysis, solvent effects, Hammett); Nucleophilic substitution (types, leaving groups, anchimeric assistance, carbocat ions); Polar addition/elimination; Eliminations (types); Carbanions and other C-nucleophile (stability, pKa); Carbonyl compounds (reaction types); Aromaticity (definition, types); Aromatic substitution (electrophil, nucleophil); Concerted pericyclic reactions (cycloadditions, sigmatropic rearangements, FMO theory, electrocyclic); Radical reactions (stability, substituent effects); organometalics (catalysis, reactions and structures). Special topics related to the above topics.
The teaching will to a large extent follow the themes in the teaching book chapters, but additional literature will be used to support each topic. The additional literature will mainly be classic and contemporary articles, which are presented by the students and discussed on the class. When possible and appropriate, examples from the teachers own research will be used as examples of applied physical organic chemistry.
Each topic will be introduces by the lecturer followed by discussions on the class. Exercises for each chapter will be handed out and discussed on the class.
It is required that all students present at least one research paper during the course.
After passing the course the student should be able to:
Describe reactions using physical organic chemistry.
Justify selectivities between products on the basis of physical organic chemistry.
Apply the theory to solve practical problems in organic chemistry and elucidate the mechanisms of the desired and undesired reactions.
Explain and discuss the above topics. Analyze reactions on the basis of physical organic chemistry.
Course material will be indicated on Absalon
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 4.00 h under invigilationOral examination, 20 min. (no preparation time)The written and oral exams are weighted equally
- Only certain aids allowed
A molecule building set is allowed at the written exam.
No aids are allowed at the oral exam.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examiners
Same as ordinary exam. Both oral and written exam must be retaken.
Criteria for exam assesment
Adequate and profound presentation and explanation of the topics in the written and oral will result in the grade 12. Basic understanding of the topics and the ability to explain them in context of presented problems is sufficient for passing the course.