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Friedrich Wöhler is widely considered the father of organic chemistry. He was a German chemist who lived in the 1800s and is well-known for synthesizing urea in 1828. More »

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Antoine Lavoisier earns the nickname "Father of Modern Chemistry" for his profound contributions to the field of chemistry, including the creation of the theory of oxygen's chemical reactivity and joint authorship of the... More »

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In chemistry, the traditional definition of an organic substance is any carbon-containing molecule found in living organisms. This definition has since been modified to include hydrogen and the other fundamental elements... More »

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NBS, or N-bromo succinimide, is a white crystalline solid that is often used in organic chemistry reactions to add bromine atoms to a compound. It can undergo two major reactions: allylic bromination and bromohydrin form... More »

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Organic chemistry is often used as a pre-qualifying class for chemistry and pre-med students and is considered to be difficult, according to the New York Times. The obstacle comes from the non-mathematical nature of the ... More »

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PCC, or pyridinium chlorochromate, is an organic chemistry reagent. The reagent is a red-orange salt that is used to oxidize primary and secondary alcohols to aldehydes and ketones. Over-oxidation can occur if too much P... More »

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Common organic chemistry reactions include elimination, hydration, SN1 substitution, SN2 substitution and reduction. Elimination reactions include reactions that result in the loss of a molecule to form new substances. E... More »

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