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Organic Chemistry

A mechanistic approach

Tadashi Okuyama and Howard Maskill

07 November 2013

ISBN: 9780199693276

688 pages

In Stock

Price: £59.99

Presents a core course in organic chemistry, ideal for those studying the subject over just one or two semesters.



Organic Chemistry: A mechanistic approach combines a focus on core topics and themes with a mechanistic approach to the explanation of the reactions it describes, making it ideal for those looking for a solid understanding of the central themes of organic chemistry.

  • Presents a core course in organic chemistry, ideal for those studying the subject over just one or two semesters, but who need a rigorous grounding in all essential aspects
  • A mechanistic approach throughout promotes conceptual understanding rather than rote learning of facts
  • A range of learning features, including full colour art, sidebars, in-text worked examples, and end-of-chapter problems help the reader digest and fully understand the concepts being presented
  • An Online Resource Centre provides additional materials to augment the printed text

About the Author(s)

Tadashi Okuyama, Department of Material Science, University of Hyogo, Japan, and Howard Maskill, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

Tadashi Okuyama is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hyogo, Japan, where his research has explored organic reaction mechanisms, acid-base catalysis, and heteroatom chemistry, and his teaching has included organic chemistry and advanced courses in physical organic chemistry. He has published a number of textbooks in Japanese, and has also translated a number of English language texts for the Japanese market.

Howard Maskill is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK, having retired as Senior Lecturer in 2004. His research explores the mechanism of reactions of organic compounds in solution.

Table of Contents

    1:Chemical bonding and molecules
    2:Molecular structure and shapes of organic molecules
    3:Organic compounds: their functional groups, intermolecular interactions and physical properties
    4:Conformation and strain in molecules
    5:Conjugation, pi-electrion delocalization, and aromaticity
    6:Acids and bases
    7:Organic reactions and concept of mechanism
    8:Nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group in aldehydes and ketones
    9:Nucleophilic substitution of carboxylic acid derivatives
    10:Reactions of carbonyl compounds with hydride donors and organometallic reagents
    11:Stereochemistry and molecular chirality
    12:Nucleophilic substitution reactions of haloalkanes and related compounds
    13:Elimination reactions of haloalkanes and related compounds
    14:Reactions of alcohols, ethers, thiols, sulfides, and amines
    15:Addition reactions of alkenes and alkynes
    16:Enolate anions and their reactions
    17:Enolate ions, their equivalents and reactions
    18:Reactions of nucleophiles with alkenes and aromatic compounds
    19:Polycyclic and heterocyclic aromatic compounds
    20:Rearrangement reactions
    21:Pericyclic reactions: cycloadditions, electrocyclic reactions, and sigmatropic rearrangements
    22:Rearrangement reactions involving polar molecules and ions
    24:Chemistry of biomolecules
    25:Structural determination of organic compounds


The structure and aim of the text is excellent. [It] begins with the fundamentals of molecular structure and introduces the concept of molecular orbitals early... it clearly maintains a direct link to understanding reaction mechanisms from their fundamental origins. - Chemistry World, July 2014

I will definitely recommend this book to other people. The book not only contains the correct way of doing things but also highlights the incorrect ways or any common mistakes to avoid, which is also absent in most other textbooks. This is much like a tutor tutoring us instead of just reading a book with facts. - Shuang Liu, student, Imperial College London

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre:

For registered adopters of the book:
-Figures from the book in electronic format
-Answers to end-of-chapter problems
-Examples of organic synthesis reactions, related to topics covered in the book, for use in teaching
-Additional problems (with answers), to augment those included in the book

For students:
-Answers to in-chapter exercises
-3D-rotatable models of numerous compounds featured in the book
-Multiple-choice questions for each chapter, to help students check their understanding of topics they have learned

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