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Organic Chemistry


  • Principles of organic chemistry – Naming, Structure and Hybridisation
  • Isomerism in organic chemistry - Optical, Geometric, Conformational and Structural
  • Reactions of common groups and their properties
  • Chirality and its implications
  • Organic reaction mechanisms
  • Carbocation rearrangements
  • Substitution and Elimination reactions SN1, SN2 and E1, E2
  • Resonance structures – Hemiacetals, Hemiketals and acid salts
  • Transamination
  • Peptide hydrolysis
  • Fatty acids and iodine number
  • The 4n+2 rule and aromatic systems and Huckel’s rules
  • E / Z notation
  • Effect of substituent groups on the benzene ring
  • Fischer projections, Newman projections and other 3D considerations
  • Conformational isomerism
  • Cahn-Ingold-Prelog convention and the application to stereoisomerism
  • Assignment of true configuration to optical isomers R and S
  • Diels-Alder and related reactions
  • Sigmatropic rearrangements
  • Aldol formation and the Aldol condensation
  • The terpene structure as a base of larger organic molecules
  • Weiner Index
  • Bicyclic Nomenclature
  • Infrared Spectroscopy and NMR
  • Beer-Lambert Law
  • Ternary Diagrams 
  • Morphine rules

A range of other degree level organic areas are introduced, and application to simulated questions will enforce concepts, as they are covered during the course

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