Chemistry for Pharmacy Students: General, Organic and Natural Product Chemistry
Chemistry for Pharmacy Students is a student-friendly introduction to the key areas of chemistry required by all pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the various areas of general, organic and natural products chemistry (in relation to drug molecules).
Clearly structured to enhance student understanding, the book is divided into six clear sections. The book opens with an overview of general aspects of chemistry and their importance to modern life, with particular emphasis on medicinal applications. The text then moves on to a discussion of the concepts of atomic structure and bonding and the fundamentals of stereochemistry and their significance to pharmacy- in relation to drug action and toxicity. Various aspects of aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry and their pharmaceutical importance are then covered with final chapters looking at organic reactions and their applications to drug discovery and development and natural products chemistry.
- accessible introduction to the key areas of chemistry required for all pharmacy degree courses
- student-friendly and written at a level suitable for non-chemistry students
- includes learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter
- focuses on the physical properties and actions of drug molecules
1.1 Role of chemistry in modern life.
1.2 Physical properties of drug molecules.
2. Atomic structure and bonding.
2.1 Atoms, elements and compounds.
2.2 Atomic structure: orbitals and electronic configurations.
2.3 Chemical bonding theories: formation of chemical bonds.
2.4 Electronegativity and chemical bonding.
2.5 Bond polarity and intermolecular forces.
2.6 Significance of chemical bonding in drug-receptor interactions.
3.1 Stereochemistry: definition.
3.3 Significance of stereoisomerism in determining drug action and toxicity.
3.4 Synthesis of chiral molecules.
3.5 Separation of stereoisomers: resolution of racemic mixtures.
3.6 Compounds with stereocentres other than carbon.
3.7 Chiral compounds that do not have a tetrahedral atom with four different groups.
4. Organic functional groups.
4.1 Organic functional groups: definition and structural features.
4.3 Alkanes, cycloalkanes and their derivatives.
4.4 Alkenes and their derivatives.
4.5 Alkynes and their derivatives.
4.6 Aromatic compounds and their derivatives.
4.7 Heterocyclic compounds and their derivatives.
4.8 Nucleic acids.
4.9 Amino acids and peptides.
4.10 Importance of functional groups in determining drug actions and toxicity.
4.11 Importance of functional groups in determining stability of drugs.
5. Organic reactions.
5.1 Types of organic reaction.
5.2 Radical reactions: free radical chain reactions.
5.3 Addition reactions.
5.4 Elimination reactions: 1,2-elimination or β-elimination.
5.5 Substitution reactions.
5.7 Oxidation?reduction reactions.
5.8 Pericyclic reactions.
6. Natural product chemistry.
6.1 Introduction to natural products drug discovery process.
Accessible introduction to the key areas of chemistry required for all pharmacy degree courses
- Clearly structured with a focus on the properties and actions of drug molecules
- Student-friendly and written at a level that is suitable for non-chemistry majors
- Entire chapter devoted to natural product chemistry
- Includes learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter
- Includes supplementary material such as PowerPoint's and case studies
"The book is well organized; it offers learning objectives for each chapter and includes a comprehensive index." (CHOICE, February 2008)
"…tailor-made for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students… while also invaluable for students of various other subject areas…(Coleraine Times, 29th August 2007)
"… Provides a comprehensive overview on topics within the areas of general, organic and natural products chemistry…" (Limavady Chronicle, Wednesday 12th September 2007)