2019 Advances and Applications in Organic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Fukushima Takanori  Koizumi Takeaki 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] Electron transfer is a fundamentally important process involved in not only a wide variety of chemical reactions but also the working principle of organic electronic devices. However, there are few courses dealing with this subject comprehensively. Understanding of the basis of electron-transfer processes will be useful for future research activities. This course will focus on electron-transfer processes found in organic oxidation and reduction reactions, electrochemical reactions, and photoinduced electron-transfer reactions. For students at the other undergraduate majors, the course covers the fundamentals of organic chemistry and provides the opportunity to learn advanced science and technology as well as fundamentals in the fields of applied chemistry.
[Aim of the course] The aim of this course is to foster students' understanding of (1) oxidation and reduction of organic molecules, which is one of the most fundamental methods in organic synthesis, (2) electrochemical reactions through electron transfers between organic molecules and electrodes, and (3) the basis and applications of electron-transfer reactions induced by light irradiation.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this lecture, students will be able to acquire the abilities to:
(1) Explain the principles and applications of electron-transfer reactions through understanding of oxidation and reduction of organic compounds.
(2) Explain electron-transfer reactions of organic molecules on electrode surfaces.
(3) Explain photoinduced electron-transfer reactions of organic molecules in solution and in the solid state.


Oxidation and reduction, Kinetics of electron-transfer reactions, Electrochemical reactions, Photoinduced electron-transfer reactions

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) basis of oxidation and reduction reactions, (2) basis of electrochemical reactions, (3) fundamental issues of electron transfer, (4) basic theory of electron-transfer reactions, and (5) various electron-transfer reactions of organic molecules in the solution. In the final class, the level of students' understanding will be tested through exercises and discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Oxidation of organic compounds I Explain definition and classification of oxidation reactions of organic compounds.
Class 2 Oxidation of organic compounds II Explain reaction mechanisms of various oxidation reactions of organic compounds.
Class 3 Reduction of organic compounds Explain definition, classification and reaction mechanisms of reduction reactions of organic compounds.
Class 4 Electrochemical reaction Explain essential points of electrochemical reactions.
Class 5 Photoinduced electron-transfer reaction I: Basis of photochemistry Explain essential points of photoinduced electron-transfer reactions.
Class 6 Photoinduced electron-transfer reaction II: Basic theory of photochemistry and electron-transfer reactions Explain the basic theories of photoinduced electron-transfer reactions and electron transfer reactions in solution.
Class 7 Various organic reactions involving electron-transfer process Explain various organic reactions involving electron transfer process.
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Oxidation-reduction reactions, Kyoritsu shuppan, ISBN:978-4-320-04406-7 (Japanese)
Electron transfer, Kyoritsu shuppan, ISBN:978-4-320-04410-4 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning results will be evaluated by question-and-answer/small exams (30%) and final exam (70%).

Related courses

  • Advances and Applications in Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The condition of the study will not be made.

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