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Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds

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V.K. Ahluwalia



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About the Book

Stereochemistry, the chemistry of organic compounds in three dimensions, helps in understanding the pathway of chemical transformations and plays a very special role in drugs. The most interesting example is the case of the drug Thalidomide, which was taken in Europe during pregnancy to avoid morning sickness. This disease (which was mixture of (R) and (S) enantiomers) caused catastrophic birth defects to children born to women who took Thalidomide. It was subsequently found that the (R) enantiomer had the desired effect and the (S) enantiomer was responsible for abnormalities. There are a large number of cases recorded in literature having different effects of the enantiomers. The object of writing this book is to provide a simple way in understanding various aspects of stereochemistry.

It is hoped that the book will be useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students of all colleges and universities. Besides, chemists working in chemical industries, particularly in research and development wing will find this book of immense use.



1. Introduction

2. Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds Containing Carbon- Carbon Single Bonds (Hydrocarbons)

3. Stereochemistry of Organic Alicyclic Compounds Containing Carbon-Carbon Double Bonds (Alkenes and Cycloalkenes)

4. Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds containing Asymmetric Carbon

5. Symmetry Elements

6. Stereochemistry of Optically Active Compounds having no Asymmetric Carbon Atoms

7. Stereochemistry of Trivalent Carbon

8. Stereochemistry of Fused, Bridged and Caged Rings and Related Compounds

9. Optical Rotatory Dispersion and Circular Dichroism

10. Stereochemistry of Addition Reactions

11. Stereochemistry of Elimination Reactions

12. Stereochemistry of Substitution Reactions

13. Stereochemistry of Rearrangement Reactions

14. Stereochemistry of Pericyclic Reactions

15. Stereochemistry of Some Compound Containing Heteroatoms

16. Stereochemistry of Some Heterocyclic Compounds

17. Stereochemistry of Some Biomolecules

18. Stereoselective Synthesis

19. Enantioselective– Stereoselective Organic Reactions


About the Author

V.K. Ahluwalia has worked as professor of chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi for more than three decades and taught postgraduate and M.Phil students. He has guided about 80 students for M.Phil/Ph.D degrees and has published more than 250 research papers in National and International Journals. He has delivered a number of invited lectures in India and Abroad. Prof. Ahluwalia worked as post-doctoral fellow for two years (1960–1962) and worked with Prof. Harold Shechter at the Department of Chemistry Ohio State University, Ohio USA and for one year (1980–81) with Professor Herbert C. Brown, Nobel Laureate at the Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, USA. He has also been a visiting professor at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research University of Delhi, Delhi. Prof. Ahluwalia has authored many books a few of which are, Reaction Mechanism, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environment Education, Environmental Pollution and Health and Organic Synthesis. His Book on Green Chemistry is the winner 2009 Choice award, being the outstanding academic title.


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