What is the carboxylation of alkane

CHE 172: Organic chemistry for the life sciences

Paula Y. Bruice, Organic Chemistry, 6th Ed., Pearson Education Germany, 2011 (http://www.pearson.ch)
Why Organic Chemistry?

Chemistry deals with the description of the structure of molecules and with the laws according to which they interact with one another. For historical reasons, the term "organic chemistry" refers to the chemistry of carbon compounds. The term "organic" indicates that many of these molecules have been isolated from plant or animal organisms. Numerous organic compounds, however, have nothing to do with living things, but are purely synthetic. Furthermore, organic compounds undoubtedly existed on earth before life came into being.

In today's biology, attempts are increasingly being made to understand events in living cells at the molecular level. Examples are enzymatic conversions, gene expression or chemical communication between cells. An important goal is always to clarify the structure and properties of the molecules involved, mostly of "organic" molecules. In this area, chemistry contributes greatly to the understanding of biological phenomena through advances in organic chemical synthesis or analytical and spectroscopic methods.


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