2020 Advances and Applications in Organic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Akita Munetaka  Yoshizawa Michito 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course focuses on the basic topics of organic reactions and organic structural changes triggered by "light". Photo(sunlight)-driven catalytic reactions as well as photo-responsive molecular assemblies are also the subjects of this course. 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] Most of organic reactions studied in the lectures of Organic Chemistry I-IV are induced by thermal activation. In contrast, there are many important reactions occurring only upon photo activation, such as biological photosynthesis. Thus, the aim of this course is to facilitate students' understanding of relationships between "organic chemistry" and "light", and the basic topics of historical photoreactions, catalytic photoreactions, and the changes of organic structures and molecular assemblies upon photo-irradiation.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand and explain the following issues:
(1) Relationships between light and organic reaction.
(2) Historical photoreactions.
(3) The basis and applications of catalytic photoreactions.
(4) Relationships between light and organic structures.
(5) Relationships between light and molecular assemblies (including biosystem).


Light, Organic reactions, Catalytic recations, Organic strcuture, Molecular assembly, Biology

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lectures will be given in the following order: (1) relationships between light and organic reaction, (2) historical photoreactions, (3) the basis and application of catalytic photoreactions, (4) relationships between light and organic structures, and (5) relationships between light and molecular assemblies (including biosystem). Students' understanding will be checked by practice problems in the last class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Light and organic reaction Explain relationships between light and organic reaction.
Class 2 Historical photoreactions Explain historical photoreactions.
Class 3 Light and catalytic reaction (1): basis Explain the basis of catalytic photoreactions.
Class 4 Light and catalytic reaction (2): application Explain the application of catalytic photoreactions.
Class 5 Light and organic structures Explain relationships between light and organic structures.
Class 6 Light and molecular assemblies Explain relationships between light and molecular assemblies (including biosystem).
Class 7 Examination and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve problems from the contents of this class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books:
Hikari-Kagaku I, Maruzen, ISBN:978-4-621-04656-2
Kagaku no Youten 5, Denshi-Ido, Kyoritu Shuppan, ISBN:978-4-320-04410-4
Handouts will be distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Course scores are based on question-and-answer and/or reports (50%) as well as practice problems and/or exams (50%).

Related courses

  • Advances and Applications in Organic Chemistry I

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

No prerequisites.

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