Inspiring and motivating students from the moment it published, Organic Chemistry has established itself in just one edition as the student's choice of an organic chemistry text.
The second edition refines and refocuses Organic Chemistry to produce a text that is even more student-friendly, coherent, and logical in its presentation than before.
Like the first, the second edition is built on three principles:
An explanatory approach, through which the reader is motivated to understand the subject and not just learn the facts;
A mechanistic approach, giving the reader the power to understand compounds and reactions never previously encountered;
An evidence-based approach, setting out clearly how and why reactions happen as they do, giving extra depth to the reader's understanding.
The authors write clearly and directly, sharing with the reader their own fascination with the subject, and leading them carefully from topic to topic. Their honest and open narrative flags pitfalls and misconceptions, guiding the reader towards a complete picture of organic chemistry and its universal themes and principles.
The Companion Website (www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/9780199270293), available to all adopters of the text, includes:
- 3D Organic Animations: Link to chemtube3d to view interactive 3D animations developed by the author
- Additional Chapters: Four chapters from the first edition that do not appear in the second
- Errata: Corrections to the book since publication
- End-of-Chapter Questions: A range of problems to accompany each chapter
- Figures in PowerPoint: Figures pre-inserted into PowerPoint for use in lectures and handouts
- Problems: Problems to accompany each chapter from the new edition of Organic Chemistry will be posted in the student area of the book's Companion Website throughout the year (April, June, and December 2012)
Review(s) from previous edition"If you want a really good book about organic chemistry get "Organic Chemistry" by Clayden, Greeves, Warren & Wothers. - Christian Aichinger, Organic Chemistry Blog."What strikes the reader straight away is the way the text is laid out so that it is visually exciting. I could go on, but it's beginning to sound like a paean of praise, so let me end by congratulating the authors and publishers in producing what I am sure will become the standard text in organic chemistry. Perhaps I should just summarise how I felt about the book when I came to put it down: refreshing, exciting and motivational." - Tony Barrett, Imperial College London."The authors should be congratulated for compiling a book that should prove very popular with our students...the text is very comprehensive and covers key areas in a very attractive and user friendly way." - Dr Don Green, University of North London."The book is brilliant - we have been waiting for up to 25 years for a decent British text." - John Mann, Professor of Biol. Chemistry, Queens University Belfast."This is a book we have all been waiting for! It is based on sound mechanistic reasoning and contains thousands of useful examples for teaching. Its style is approachable and covers both fundamental and more advanced material." - Adam Nelson, Lecturer, University of Leeds"A magnificent resource." - Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, v. 40 no. 12, June 2001"Represents a milestone in the field of organic chemistry textbooks... This is the first organic textbook that could be used in some shape or form on almost every organic chemistry course in any UK undergraduate programme... I soon expect to be hearing "You can look it up in Clayden" ringing from lectures and tutorials, and for many years to come." - Andrew Boa in The Times Higher Education, 2001"As a chemistry undergraduate I have found this book an excellent organic chemistry guide to accompany my university textbooks...the diagrams are clear and the chapters, sections and subsections are appropriately named which makes it easy to find what you're looking for. " - Amazon, January 2011"This is an excellent textbook which covers nearly all the organic chemistry reactions you could ever need as an undergraduate! I can't fault the content - everything is explained clearly with plenty of diagrams and reaction mechanisms. " - Amazon, December 2009
1: What is organic chemistry?2: Organic structures3: Determining organic structures4: Structure of molecules5: Organic reactions6: Nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group7: Delocalization and conjugation8: Acidity, basicity, and pKa9: Using organometallic reagents to make C-C bonds10: Nucleophilic substitution at the carbonyl group11: Nucleophilic substitution at C=O with loss of carbonyl oxygen12: Equilibria, rates and mechanisms13: 1H NMR: Proton nuclear magnetic resonance14: Stereochemistry15: Nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon16: Conformational analysis17: Elimination reactions18: Review of spectroscopic methods19: Electrophilic addition to alkenes20: Formation and reactions of enols and enolates21: Electrophilic aromatic substitution22: Conjugate addition and nucleophilic aromatic substitution23: Chemoselectivity and protecting groups24: Regioselectivity25: Alkylation of enolates26: Reactions of enolates with carbonyl compounds: the aldol and Claisen reactions27: Sulfur, silicon and phosphorus in organic chemistry28: Retrosynthetic analysis29: Aromatic heterocycles 1: structures and reactions30: Aromatic heterocycles 2: synthesis31: Saturated heterocycles and stereoelectronics32: Stereoselectivity in cyclic molecules33: Diastereoselectivity34: Pericyclic reactions 1: cycloadditions35: Pericyclic reactions 2: sigmatropic and electrocyclic reactions36: Participation, rearrangement and fragmentation37: Radical reactions38: Synthesis and reactions of carbenes39: Determining reaction mechanisms40: Organometallic chemistry41: Asymmetric synthesis42: Organic chemistry of life43: Organic chemistry today