Organic Chemistry

6 ECTS / Semester / Portuguese

Objectives and competences

To provide students with theoretical background that allow them to understand the physical and chemical properties of the main functional groups and the mechanisms of organic chemical reactions.

To familiarize students with the rules of safety and toxicity of organic compounds.

To provide laboratory practice that allows to interpret and implement protocols of commonly used techniques in chemistry Organic.

To familiarize students with the rules of the IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.


Teaching Methodologies

This Unity consists of lectures, tutorial and laboratory classes.
In the lectures the fundamentals and mechanisms of the organic chemistry reactions, physico-chemical properties and stereochemistry of the main organic chemistry families are presented.

In tutorial classes exercises are carried out on the nomenclature of organic compounds and on the subject taught in the lectures. The protocols to be performed in laboratory classes are explained.

The methodology applied in lectures is to introduce the program content using power-point presentations and videos that illustrate the stereochemistry of compounds and chemical reactions. However, it creates a space and encourages student participation in a dynamic and interactive way to clarifying questions or debate the issues under review.

The unit is taught using the e-learning platform, Blackboard.



  1. Introduction to organic chemistry
  2. Structure of organic molecules
  3. Alkanes and cycloalkanes
  4. Stereochemistry
  5. Alkyl halides
  6. Alkenes
  7. Reactions of alkenes
  8. Aromatic compounds
  9. Phenols
  10. Alcohols, ethers and thiols
  11. Aldehydes and ketones
  12. Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  13. Amines and related nitrogen compounds


Associate Professor
Got his Ph.D., in 1990, in Nat. Sci. from the Univ. of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany. B.Sc. in Pharm. Sci. from the Univ. of Porto, Portugal, in 1985. He is…
Invited Assistant Professor
Antonio Ferreira received his Ph.D. in Biological and Medical Sciences, from University Victor Segalen of Bordeaux2. Since then, he has been a researcher at…
Senior Technician
Graduated in Biochemistry by the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra. Post-graduate in Food Safety and Master in Food Science and…
Maria João P. Monteiro holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with specialization in Food Science and Engineering from the Biotechnology College of Portuguese…