Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Graham Patrick

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This is part of a series of pocket-sized books published by Oxford University that provide an overview of different topics and employments.

Explains the key structures and properties of organic compounds, and the importance of organic chemistry to industry, in pharmaceuticals, polymers, petrochemicals, paints, food, and clothing

Discusses the fundamental role of organic molecules to all life, in the form of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids

Explores new materials like graphene and the challenges of synthesizing novel organic compounds

Introduces cutting edge and future applications of organic chemistry in areas like nanotechnology

Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (Print)9780198759775
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Organic chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • agrochemicals
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • dyes and pigments
  • insecticides
  • polymers and plastics
  • food chemistry
  • rotaxanes
  • nanochemistry
  • nanotechnology
  • chemical evolution
  • biochemistry
  • astrochemistry


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