How to be a successful organic chemist is meant as an introductory text for undergraduates taking organic chemistry teaching labs. The text is a clear and practical introduction to safety, chemical handling, organic chemistry techniques, and lab reports.
- Organic chemistry is an art-form and a craft. In research, we often talk about candidates that “have it”, the “magic touch” to get a compound analytically pure, or solve a very difficult synthetic challenge. In this chapter we will go through some common techniques that you will encounter in the organic chemistry labs. The aim of this chapter is not to give you a comprehensive introduction in the theory behind these techniques, but to highlight technical aspects to make sure you also develop thi
- In chapter 1 we discussed some of the possible dangers associated with exposure to the chemicals used in organic chemistry labs. In this chapter, we will examine techniques to reduce such exposures. We will also discuss waste and waste management, safety in the lab, and lastly the mental health of the student during the lab experience.