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Organic chemistry : reactions and mechanisms

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Kristin BARTIK (Coordinator) and Elisabeth VAN DIJK

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

Chapter titles:

  1. Reactions and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry
  2. Radical Halogenation
  3. Reactions of Haloalkanes: Nucleophilic Substitutions
  4. Reactions of Haloalkanes: Eliminations
  5. Alcohols
  6. Alkenes
  7. Aldehydes and Ketones
  8. Carboxylic Acids
  9. Delocalized pi Systems
  10. Aromatic Systems: Electrophilic Substitution
  11. Concluding comments

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

  • Acquire a general overview of the broad range of organic reactions which can be used to prepare molecules and molecular materials

  • Understand the central role played by the chemical industry in our society

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive lectures with powerpoint presentations
Exercices and laboratory sessions

Contribution to the teaching profile

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering

  • Collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team

  • The flexibility and adaptability to work in an international and/or intercultural context

  • An integrated insight in chemical process and materials' technology

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function. Vollhardt and Schore, Freeman and Co. (any of the editions !)
Organic Chemistry. Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, Oxford University Press (1st or 2nd Ed.)
Organic Chemistry. McMurry, Thomson (any edition)

Course notes

  • Université virtuelle

Other information


Prof. Kristin Bartik : kristin.bartik@ulb.be
Dr. Hennie (Elisabeth) Valkenier-Van Dijk : hennie.valkenier@ulb.be

Teaching Assistants 
Alessio Cataldo: alessio.cataldo@ulb.be
Steven Moerkerke: steven.moerkerke@ulb.be


Solbosch, Outside campus ULB


Method(s) of evaluation

  • Written report
  • written examination
  • Practice work

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

Oral exam which accounts for 75% of the final grade. The content of all teaching activities are an integral part of the material that will be evaluated at the exam.
The grade awarded for the laboratories (lab work and report)  account for 25% of the final grade.

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english