Single-Course Danish 7.5 ECTS

Organic Chemistry

Overall Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the students with organic chemistry to the extent that enables them to apply the concepts of organic chemistry to problems encountered in biochemistry and biological chemistry. To provide the necessary background for using the organic chemistry literature on a sound scientific background.

Learning Objectives

  • Name organic compounds using the IUPAC rules and determine structural formula based on systematic names and also on selected common names
  • Apply Lewis and Brøndsted acid/base concepts in organic chemistry
  • Describe the stereo chemistry of organic compounds and apply the nomenclatures R, S, E and Z
  • Explain optical activity of organic compounds and in connection with organic reactions
  • Name the functional groups of organic chemistry and predict their reactions
  • Identify the reaction types: addition, elimination, substitution and rearrangement as well as the reaction mechanismes: SN1, SN2, E1, and E2
  • Explain formation, stability and utilization of carbocations and carbanions
  • Explain the chemistry of organic compounds containing several functional groups including carbohydrates, amino acids, and lipids
  • Identify organic compounds on basis of their MS, IR, UV, and 1H-NMR spectra
  • Apply the concept resonance to predict reaction intermediates and products
  • Use curved arrows to explain reaction mechanismes and products
  • Propose syntheses and reagents for organic reactions occuring in several steps

Course Content

The organic chemistry is taught with basis in modern mechanistic concepts. The students are trained in the IUPAC nomenclature. The functional groups in organic chemistry are treated systematically. The stereo chemistry is treated in detail. The students are introduced to the chemistry of carbocations and carbanions. Also introduced is the chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. The spectroscopic methods, i.e. MS, NMR and IR, are presented and the students are trained in using these methods in identification of organic compounds.

Recommended prerequisites

26171, – or another course in general chemistry


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 26471
Course type Graduate Engineer

11.250,00 DKK