Elements of organic chemistry (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Mariapina D'Onofrio
Mariapina D'Onofrio
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II sem. dal Mar 2, 2015 al Jun 12, 2015.

Lesson timetable

II sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Friday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall D  

Learning outcomes

The course presents the conceptual basis for understanding the structural and electronic properties of organic molecules and the chemical diversity of the compounds of carbon.


- Features and structure of the major functional groups and their main reactivity.
- Acidity and basicity in organic chemistry. Definitions according to Lewis and Broensted. The relative strength of acids and bases: effect of structure on acidity.
- Conformational analysis. Rotation around the bonds and steric hindrance.
- Display bi-and tri-dimensional structures at the computer. Molecular systems of representation.
- Stereochemistry: Chirality, isomerism, symmetry and equivalence, asymmetry, dissymmetry. Compounds diastereomeric, enantiomeric and meso forms.
- Carbohydrates: classification and configuration, mutarotation. Disaccharides and polysaccharides of biological interest.
- Lipids: main compounds and chemical-physical characteristics. Membrane models.
- Amino acids: structure, isoelectric point. Peptides and proteins: chemical-physical characteristics.
- Nucleic acids: nucleosides, nucleotides, DNA, RNA.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
McMurry Chimica organica PICCIN  
John McMurry Fondamenti di Chimica Organica (Edizione 3) Zanichelli   8808075397
L. G. Wade Jr. Fondamenti di Chimica Organica PICCIN 2014 978-88-299-2300-7
J. G. Smith Fondamenti di chimica organica, 3/e (Edizione 3) McGraw Hill 2018
Brown Poon Introduzione alla chimica organica (Edizione 5) EdiSES 2014 9788879598255

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam: 6 exercises in 1 hour and a half.
If written exam grade ≥ 16 chance to do the oral examination

Teaching aids