Introductory Organic Chemistry I



Prof. Neeraja Dashaputre

Prof. Harinath Chakrapani


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First year undergraduates of B.Sc. Chemistry; M.Sc. Chemistry students and doctoral students


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Prof. Neeraja Dashaputre completed her undergraduate studies in chemical technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. After which, she obtained a doctoral degree in organic chemistry at University of Maryland, USA. She worked as a faculty at Claremont University post her doctoral studies. She joined IISER Pune in July 2016 and is currently Assistant Professor. Her research interests are in pedagogy development for teaching chemistry. She has over five years of teaching experience in India, and USA.



Prof. Harinath Chakrapani completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Chemistry from Loyola College and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, respectively. He moved to Duke University, USA to pursue his doctoral studies and after post-doctoral research stints at Wake Forest University and the National Cancer Institute, USA, he joined IISER Pune in July 2009 and is currently Associate Professor. His research interests are in organic chemistry and chemical biology. His laboratory works on developing new tools to study effects of oxidative stress responses in cells and antibiotic resistance. He has over eight years of teaching experience at IISER Pune.

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Course Details

Week 1 : Electronic Structure and Bonding
Week 2 :  Alkanes and conformational analysis
Week 3 : Stereochemistry
Week 4 : Acids and Bases
Week 5 : Alkenes: structure and reactivity (Addition reactions)
Week 6 : Alkynes : structure and reactivity (Addition reactions)
Week 7 : Alkyl halides: structure and reactivity (Substitution and elimination reactions)
Week 8 : Alcohols Ethers and Epoxides ,Aromatic hydrocarbons and aromaticity

Books and References:

1. J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, Organic Chemistry, 2nd edition, Oxford Unviersity Press, New Delhi, 2012.
2. R. T. Morrison, R. N. Boyd, Organic Chemistry, 6th edition, Prentice-Hall, New Delhi,1992.
3. P. Y. Bruice, K. J. R. Prasad, Essential Organic Chemistry, 1st edition, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2008


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