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SCL1000354, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ORGANIC REACTION MECHANISMS
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CRISTIANO ZONTA CHIM/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019/20 23/01/2017 30/11/2020 ZONTA CRISTIANO (Presidente)
CARRARO MAURO (Membro Effettivo)
SARTOREL ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I, II and III. Thermodynamic.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to extende the teaching path of Organic Chemistry by providing theoretical and experimental tools to study in detail a reaction mechanism. In particular, analytical and experimental techniques for the study of a reaction mechanism wil be the central core of the course. Another part will focus on the use of computational chemistry in organic chemistry.
In particular, this will allow the student to acquire some of the knowledge and skills necessary for the detailed analysis of a reaction mechanism.
Overview of photochemistry and photophysics will complete the knowledge of reactivity in Organic Chemistry.
Examination methods: Oral with presentation and discussion of a literature study with questions regarding the course. Estimated 30 minutes exam.
Course unit contents: 1. Principles of reaction mechanisms. Elements of thermodynamics and kinetics. Relationship between kinetics and mechanism. Potential energy and reaction coordinate surfaces. General classification of reaction mechanisms.
2. Experimental methods and analytical techniques for the study of reaction mechanisms. Product identification. Determination of intermediate presence (Isolation / Trapping). Kinetic evidence. Stereochemical evidence. Analytical techniques.
3. Kinetic and equilibrium isotopic effect: primary and secondary, examples and theory.
4. Use of the effect of substituents to identify a mechanism. LFER and Nucleophilicity scales.
5. Photophysics and photochemistry. Use of light in organic chemistry.
5. Laboratory of computational chemistry. Theoretical methods for the study of reaction mechanisms. Introduction to computational methods. Calculation of physical properties (IR, NMR, UV, CD). Study of transition states.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Reinhard Bruckner, Organic Mechanism. --: Springer, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Michael B. Smith, March's, Advanced Organic Chemistry. --: Wiley, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Eric Anslyn and Dennis Dougherty, Modern Physical Organic Chemistry. --: Univ Science Books, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Problem solving

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy