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Experimental Organic Chemistry: A Miniscale & Microscale Approach 6th Edition

John C. Gilbert | Stephen F. Martin

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With an emphasis on inquiry-based learning, collaboration, green and discovery experiments, EXPERIMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 6TH EDITION contains procedures for miniscale (small scale) and microscale users. Content covers equipment, record keeping, and safety before presenting theoretical and mechanistic principles underlying experiments and lab techniques. Students learn to synthesize compounds and analyze their properties, complete multi-step syntheses of organic compounds, and solve structures of unknown compounds. New experiments demonstrate the potential of chiral agents in fostering enantioselectivity and of performing solvent-free reactions. A bioorganic experiment couples two a-amino acids to produce a dipeptide. OWLv2 is available.

John C. Gilbert, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Jack Gilbert joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and moved to Santa Clara University in 2007, where he is Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He received the Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award at UT the 2002–2003 academic year, as well as many other recognitions in teaching. While at UT, he co-authored several editions of the first laboratory textbook in organic chemistry that emphasized reactions mechanisms, as well as laboratory techniques, including spectroscopy. He continues to update the textbook, now with the able assistance of Steve Martin.

Stephen F. Martin, University of Texas at Austin

Stephen Martin received his B. S. degree in chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 1968 and his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1972. After postdoctoral years at the University of Munich and MIT, he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1974, where he currently holds the M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry. His research interests lie broadly in organic and bioorganic chemistry. In the former area, his endeavors involve developing and applying new methods and strategies to the syntheses of biologically active natural and non-natural products, especially those containing nitrogen and oxygen heterocyclic subunits. In the biological arena, he is studying fundamental aspects of molecular recognition in biological systems with a particular focus on how making specific structural changes in a ligand, particularly with respect to preorganization and nonpolar surface area, affect energetics and dynamics in protein-ligand interactions. He has received a number of awards including a NIH Career Development Award, an American Cyanamid Academic Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Award, an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Award, a Wyeth Research Award, and the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Senior Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served as a consultant for a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He is the regional editor of “Tetrahedron for the Americas.” He has delivered numerous invited lectures at national and international meetings, academic institutions, and industrial companies, and has published over 300 scientific papers in primary journals together with several reviews and articles in books. He is also co-author of “Experimental Organic Chemistry: A Miniscale and Microscale Approach.”

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Experimental Organic Chemistry: A Miniscale & Microscale Approach


1. Introduction, Record Keeping, and Laboratory Safety.
2. Techniques and Apparatus.
3. Solids: Recrystallization and Melting Points.
4. Liquids: Distillation and Boiling Points.
5. Extraction.
6. Chromatography.
7. Stereoisomers.
8. Spectral Methods.
9. Alkanes.
10. Alkenes.
11. Alkynes.
12. Dienes: The Diels-Alder Reaction.
13. Kinetic and Thermodynamic Control of a Reaction.
14. Nucleophilic Aliphatic Substitution: Preparation of Alkyl Halides.
15. Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution.
16. Oxidation of Alcohols and Carbonyl Compounds.
17. Reduction Reactions of Double Bonds: Alkenes, Carbonyl Compounds, and lmines.
18. Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds.
19. Organometallic Chemistry.
20. Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives.
21. Multistep Organic Synthesis.
22. Polymers.
23. Carbohydrates.
24. Amino Acids and Peptides.
25. Identifying Organic Compounds (ONLINE ONLY).
26. The Literature of Organic Chemistry (ONLINE ONLY).

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