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Organic chemistry is most commonly and simply defined as the chemistry of carbon compounds, but its importance and broad impact on our lives cannot be overstated. Organic compounds are the essential substances of life itself, and make up the bulk of the materials that feed, clothe and shelter us. Our faculty and students investigate and study a wide range of topics, including polymers, enzymes and other biological compounds, organometallic compounds and catalysts, photochemistry, reaction mechanisms, new synthetic methodology and the total synthesis of complex natural products.

Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry