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What does synthetic organic chemistry do for us?

Chemistry and other branches of science are just very important for our life. Every advancement in technology and science will bring us a lot of benefits to us. Therefore, we should take a deeper look at the process of achievement for chemistry, and for that, we must learn what is synthetic organic chemistry.

Substance in chemistry

When we are talking about chemistry, we are actually talking about a study of different substances in the world. The basis of such substances are of course the elements on the periodic table, and for more advanced people they will learn about compounds, which are basically combination of the elements.

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Structural Formula Wallpaper Adrenaline Chemistry

We will study carefully about the properties of the above substances, like at what temperature will the substance melt or condense, and what are the colors and appearance of the substance so that we can identify it. Of course we will also need to know whether or not the substance is toxic or in other way harmful to human beings.

However, this is only what we do when we are learning the basics of chemistry, and there is nothing to do with synthetic organic chemistry.  

 

Discovery of new substance is too slow

Stepping into the modern era, the demand for comfort and convenience in ur daily lives are sky high. However, let us look at how the substance or elements are discovered in normal chemistry study—they are discovered naturally. This is a random process of discovering elements and substance by observation and random experiments.

The problems of this is that it is too slow and not focused. People often have a demand for better lives and they will therefore need some substance having a particularly property—maybe a super glue or some substance that will not be attached to dust or something that is super easy to clean.

Another problem for this normal way of discovery is that we cannot guarantee that the next substance of materials being discovered are the one that we want. We may end up finding something toxic. Therefore, we will need something that is more focused in finding the substance that we want.

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A focused study to create new materials

Under this background, we can explain why the technique of synthesis are so useful to us. Synthesis is a unique way of doing experiment, and the aim of that is to create or produce new substance or compound. So, the starting point of doing synthesis is to make new substance, and particularly, the substance that we want.

The process of doing a synthesis is quite difficult and it often involves quite a number of execution for chemical reactions. Besides, the success rate for such a synthesis is still low, although obviously it will be much higher than the aforementioned random way of finding the right materials. Therefore, it would be a long journey before any new substance are really being found.

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Slow qualitative research

This is what synthetic organic chemistry is about—it is mainly a sub-field of synthetic chemistry in which scientists are dedicated to create and obtain new organic materials by the method of synthesis.

What are organic materials? It is just a group of chemical compounds or elements that contain at least one carbon atom. This is one way of classifying the materials and substances in the world but this is an important one. This is because usually organic materials are much more complicated than inorganic one and therefore we will usually pay more attention to study the organic materials. This is also what synthetic organic chemistry do, but they aim is not to study but to create.

Synthetic organic chemistry: drugs

In this series of articles on Synthetic organic chemistry we have seen use of organic chemistry in synthesis of products like explosive, dyes and polymers. Now, in this article we are going to see application of organic chemistry in the synthesis of drugs.

In earlier days, drugs were not synthesised from organic compound, they were just prepared by the use of natural and Ayurveda techniques.  Necessity for drug synthesis was felt as new diseases started to appear and older resources were not able to deal with them. It was around first half of nineteenth century when men like Richard Willstatter started to perform experiments with organic molecule for synthesis of drugs. At start insufficient knowledge about this subject troubled the organic chemist but theirhard work turned out to be a great success with a lot of benefits for chemist of 20th century.

Here are some examples of organic compounds which were used for the synthesis of drugs in earlier times.

  • Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll,the green, light absorbing catalyst present in plants was one of the first organic compound used in synthesis of drugs. The Germen chemist Richard Willstatter did experiment on chlorophyll and made possible production of carbohydrates and carbon dioxide by utilizing the sunlight.
  • Nucleotides: Structure of nucleotides was studied by Russian-American chemistPhoebus Aaron Theodor Levene. His studies resulted in the discovery of giant molecules nucleic acids. His studies were appreciated and worked on by other chemists who succeeded in the formation of various nucleotides and other related compounds.

Despite, these two organic compounds, chemist made use of many other useful organic compounds for the synthesis of drugs. For Instance, study of structure of carotenoids by Swiss chemist Paul Karrer d which is a plant pigment and closely resembles to vitamin A. But in the casesynthetics of drugs from organic substance surpassed natural drugs.