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Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Graham Patrick

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198759775

200 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Organic chemistry concerns the properties and synthesis of carbon-based molecules. Carbon atoms can concatenate into long chains and cyclic compounds, bonding with a variety of other elements, so the possible structures are almost limitless. Graham Patrick explores the world of organic chemistry and its wide applications.

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Organic chemistry concerns the properties and synthesis of carbon-based molecules. Carbon atoms can concatenate into long chains and cyclic compounds, bonding with a variety of other elements, so the possible structures are almost limitless. Graham Patrick explores the world of organic chemistry and its wide applications.

  • Explains the key structures and properties of organic compounds, and the importance of organic chemistry to industry, in pharmaceuticals, polymers, petrochemicals, paints, food, and clothing
  • Discusses the fundamental role of organic molecules to all life, in the form of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids
  • Explores new materials like graphene and the challenges of synthesizing novel organic compounds
  • Introduces cutting edge and future applications of organic chemistry in areas like nanotechnology
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Graham Patrick, Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry, University of the West of Scotland

Graham Patrick is a lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of the West of Scotland. He is the author of An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (OUP, 1995), now in its 5th edition, and An Introduction to Drug Synthesis (OUP, 2015).

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: The fundamentals
    3: The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds
    4: The chemistry of life
    5: Pharmaceuticals and medicinal chemistry
    6: Pesticides
    7: The chemistry of the senses
    8: Polymers, plastics and textiles
    9: Nanochemistry
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

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