Organic chemistry

Carbon is an amazing element. It is able to form millions of different compounds, so many in fact, that it has its own branch of chemistry. Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon. Carbon can form four bonds and can catenate (form long chains with itself). The bonds of carbon are kinetically stable (so don't easily react) but thermodynamically unstable (so contain a lot of energy). This makes it the ideal basis for complex forms of life.

  • Functional group chemistry

    An organic compound is classified according to the specific functional groups that are present. Note that a distinction is made between class (type of compound - e.g. alcohol) and functional group (reactive site in compound - e.g. hydroxyl).

  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry

    Organic chemistry is the branch of chemistry dedicated to the study of carbon-based compounds. This section looks at their nomenclature and how they are classified.

  • Stereoisomerism

    Isomerism in three-dimensional space.

  • Synthetic routes

     A number of linked organic reaction steps together make a synthesis.

  • Types of organic reactions

    Reaction mechanisms are a fundamental part of organic chemistry.