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CHIM0604-1  Chemistry and organic materials

Duration :  30h Th, 60h Pr
Number of credits :  
Master in Chemical Engineering and Materrial Sciences, in-depth approach, 1st year7
Master in Chemical and Material Sciences, specialized approach, 1st year7
Lecturer :  Lionel Delaude
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Course contents :  
This course aims at introducing the fundamentals of organic chemistry to students and to help them realize its importance in our everyday life.
After a brief recall of the atomic structure and the nature of chemical bonds, the major families of organic compounds (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatics, halogenated derivatives, alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives) will be examined in terms of molecular structure, electronic features, and reactivity. From these core notions, the main types of organic reactions and their underlying rationales will be discussed. A special attention will be devoted to stereochemical aspects of the transformation under study.
To illustrate this course, we will show how organic compounds and materials encountered in our everyday life are synthesized from fossil or renewable sources using classical organic reactions.
Sessions of practical laboratory work will be organized to illustrate the key-notions of the course et to acquaint students with the basic techniques of organic synthesis and the analysis of organic compounds.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
At the end of this course, students should be able:
  • to identify and to name the main functions of organic chemistry,
  • to predict the evolution of various physico-chemical properties of organic compounds according to their structures,
  • to determine the outcome of the main organic reactions and to propose a plausible mechanism for them,
  • to perform correctly simple experimental procedures and to analyze the results obtained.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
The prerequisite for this course implies a good knowledge of basic general chemistry, as it is taught, for instance, in the chemistry course intended for the first year students of the bachelor in Engineering Sciences, civil engineer orientation.
In particular, notions relatives to structure and matter, chemical reactions, and chemical equilibria should be mastered even if, during this course, these fundamental concepts and the relevant chemical vocabulary will be briefly recalled every time they are needed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
This course will be given during the second quadrimester.
The laboratory sessions will focus, on one hand, on the techniques available for purifying organic compounds and, on the other hand, on the synthesis of simple organic compounds and their characterization by various analytical techniques, such as mass spectrometry, infra-red spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance.
Participation in practical work is mandatory. Any absence must be justified by a medical certificate or another appropriate document. For security reasons, access to the laboratory is allowed only to students in possession of a lab coat and a pair of goggles.
Each laboratory session should be prepared in advance using the laboratory manual and the lecture notes relative to the topic under study. The students might be questioned about their current laboratory work or about the content of previous sessions.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face course, see above for details.
Recommended or required readings :  
Reference Textbooks:
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, John McMurry, 7th International Edition, Brooks/Cole: Belmont, CA, 2011
  • Essential Organic Chemistry, Paula Yurkanis Bruice, 2nd Edition, Pearson: Montreal, 2010
Assessment methods and criteria :  
A written examination lasting 3 or 4 h will be organized during the june session. It will cover the whole course content: theory, exercises and laboratory techniques.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Lionel Delaude
Institut de chimie organique
Bâtiment B6a, local 3.70c
Tel: (04) 366-3496

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