Textbook of Organic Chemistry: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Textbook of Organic Chemistry

1st Edition

By C. N. Pillai

CRC Press

640 pages

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Hardback: 9781466551442
pub: 2012-05-29
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Textbook of Organic Chemistry is meant for students who learn organic chemistry at the undergraduate level and who have already had exposure to the basics of chemistry, including an introduction to organic chemistry. This book conforms to the syllabus of Indian Universities at the undergraduate level, but can be useful to students at a more advanced level also.

The book has a deductive approach and reduces the need to learn by rote. The objectives are listed at the beginning of every chapter which gives the student an overview of the chapter. Each chapter has been structured in a logical and interesting manner that facilitates easy reading and understanding. This approach has been developed and perfected by the author over the course of his tenure as a teacher of organic chemistry. At the end of each chapter, exercises are provided which strengthen the students' understanding of the concepts discussed in the text. 'Challenging Questions' are given for those students who want to delve deeper into the subject. Topics of current interest that are related to the subject matter of the chapter are suggested for preparing project reports.


"I am delighted to say this is a book that will continue to inspire students of organic chemistry for many years to come. Even if you already have the first edition, I am happy to recommend that you invest in this new version – you will not be disappointed."

Chemistry World, January 2013

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts of Bonding In Organic Chemistry

Nomenclature of Organic Compounds







Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Aromaticity

Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Aliphatic Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions

Elimination Reactions

Determination of Structure Using Spectroscopy



Carbonyl Chemistry

Carboxylic Acids

Nitrogen Containing Compounds

Molecular Rearrangements

Heterocyclic Compounds

Stereochemistry – I

Stereochemistry – II

Bioorganic Chemistry – Carbohydrates and Vitamins (Natural Products-I)

Bioorganic Chemistry – Aminoacids, Proteins and Nucleic Acids (Natural Products-II)

Terpenoids and Alkaloids (Natural Products-III)


Supplementary Reading


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biochemistry
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Organic