This volume provides systematic, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand background material on functional groups and isomerism for formal courses in pharmacy and medicinal chemistry, biotechnology, clinical biology, or biochemistry, as well as to practitioners. This textbook is comprised of two parts: the first part focuses on organic functional groups, paying attention to the IUPAC nomenclature for naming organic compounds and to the physical and chemical properties of functional groups found in organic biological compounds, whereas the second part focuses on an introduction to and classification of isomers, structural isomers, and stereoisomers. Knowledge of isomerism has helped pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists introduce safer and more effective drug alternatives to newer and existing drugs. The structured presentation, highly graphical nature of the text, and practice problems will provide an instrumental framework and aid in revision for students preparing for examinations. Several posters from this background material have been created and published on www.shutterwaves.com and www.amazon.com.
Keywords: IUPAC nomenclature, functional groups, organic biological compounds, isomers, physical, and chemical properties, spatial arrangement atoms, E/Z isomerism, chirality, conformational analysis.
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