Depto. Química Orgánica

Importance of Organic Chemistry

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Organic Chemistry is the part of Chemistry that deals and studies CARBON compounds

The study of CARBON compounds comprises several fields from which the most important are:

Structure

Structural Determination Techniques

VIDEO: Importancia de la Estructura Molecular

Reactivity

Reaction
Mechanisms

Importancia de la Reactividad

Synthesis

Design of efficient methods to get complex molecules

Importancia de la Síntesis

Applications

Industrial, biological, medical, technological development...

Importancia de las Aplicaciones
More tha 95% of the known substances are CARBON compounds and more than half of the world chemists call themselves Organic Chemists.
All sustaning life compounds (nucleic acids, proteins, enzimes, hormones, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, etc) are organic substances, i.e. derived from CARBON.
Progress in Organic Chemistry is synonimous to deeper undestanding of vital processes.
The chemical industry (phamaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, etc) plays a decisive role in the world economy and in our everyday life with its different products. 
Organic Chemistry is intellectually very stimulant because:
It bears a very logical structure
It makes use of plenty logical symbology.
It applies the principle of analogy and deductive reasoning.
The molecules and their processes display an unmistakably artistic content. 
All these activities and features would give rise to the following breking news in an imaginary chemical newspaper:
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY BREAKING NEWS

The Fe(IV)=O is implied in the reaction mechanism of an antimalarian drug

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On the way to the synthesis of the fullerene ("footballerene or soccerene") molecule... 

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The total synthesis of the Gipsetine drug achieved 

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Triplet carbenes, closer to their "bottling"... 

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The asymmetric synthesis of (+)-pancratistatin, a potent anticancer agent, achieved 

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Produced in large amounts a natural product that mimics insuline function

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Du-Pont establishes a reasearch and production center in Spain 

Identified a general catalyst for the asymmetric Strecker synthesis from a combinatory library.