Organic chemistry : reactions and mechanisms CHIM-H406

Taught in: english
Second term


Chapter titles:

1. Reactions and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

2. Radical Halogenation

3. Reactions of Haloalkanes: Nucleophilic Substitutions

4. Reactions of Haloalkanes: Eliminations

5. Alcohols

6. Alkenes

7. Delocalized pi Systems

8. Aromatic Systems : Electrophilic Substitution

9. Aldehydes and Ketones

10. Carboxylic Acids


Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes

  • Acquire a general overview of the broad range of organic reactions which can be used to prepare molecules and molecular materials

  • Understand the central role played by the chemical industry in our society



Pre‐required knowledge and skills

Physical Chemistry, Structural Organic Chemistry, Spectroscopy

Course having this one as pre-requisit

Master thesis
Frank DUBOIS (Coordinator) and Annick HUBIN

Teaching method and learning activities

Interactive course with powerpoint presentations, seminars and laboratory practicals.

Course material(s)


A copy of the powerpoint slides projected during class is available on the Université Virtuelle. Students are requested to complete these slides with the information presented during the course.

References, bibliography and recommended reading

  • Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function. Vollhardt and Schore, Freeman and Co. (any of the editions !) - Organic Chemistry. Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, Oxford University Press (1st or 2nd Ed.) - Organic Chemistry. McMurry, Thomson (7th edition, 2008)


Contribution to the programme profile

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering

  • Collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team

  • The flexibility and adaptability to work in an international and/or intercultural context

  • An integrated insight in chemical process and materials' technology



Method(s) of assessment

Written exam + laboratory reports.

Construction of the mark (including the weighting of the various partial marks)

The laboratory reports are marked and together with the laboratory preparation and participation account for 25% of the final grade. An unjustified absence will lead to a final grade of 0/20 for the labs. In case of a justified absence, the teaching staff should be notified in advance when possible and an individual assignment will then be given related to the missed session. Failure to notify a potentially justifiable absence in advance, will automatically make the absence unjustified. A written exam that accounts for 75% of the final grade. ALL the teaching activities are an integral part of the material that is evaluated at the exam. Notes will be permitted at part of the exam (more details will follow).

Assessment language



Other informations


Dr. Hennie (Elisabeth) Valkenier-Van Dijk ;; office P2.2.108

Prof. Kristin Bartik ;; office: P2.2.213.

Teaching Assistants:

- Dr. Matthieu Goursaud;

- Glenn Grauwels;

- Nathan Renier;

Teaching location

Practicals: Solbosch Campus, UD

Course: See GeHOL

Schedule volume

Lectures: 18 hours

Exercises + Practicals: 30 hours



Questions can be answered during the break or after classes. The practicals are a privileged moment for discussions. It is also possible to make an appointment with the teaching staff to ask further questions. Students are encouraged to consult reference text-books. Numerous reference books are available in the library of the "Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Nanosystèmes Moléculaires" (room P2-2-211).


Programmes proposing this course at the Brussels School of Engineering

Master in Chemical and Materials Engineering, Spécialisée - bloc 1
Mandatory course, 4 credits [Lecture: 24h, Practical work: 24h] - second term