Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach
Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach
  • Presents a core course in organic chemistry, ideal for those studying the subject over just one or two semesters, but who need a rigorous grounding in all essential aspects
  • A mechanistic approach throughout promotes conceptual understanding rather than rote learning of facts
  • A range of learning features, including full colour art, sidebars, in-text worked examples, and end-of-chapter problems help the reader digest and fully understand the concepts being presented

Organic Chemistry: A mechanistic approach provides readers with a concise review of the essential concepts underpinning the subject. It combines a focus on core topics and themes with a mechanistic approach to the explanation of the reactions it describes, making it ideal for those looking for a solid understanding of the central themes of organic chemistry.

Opening with a review of chemical bonding and molecular shape and structure, the book then introduces the principal groups of organic compound before exploring the range of reactions they undergo. It retains an emphasis throughout on how and why organic compounds behave in the way they do, with a chapter on how mechanisms are investigated and the closing chapter describing the principal methods by which the structure and composition of organic compounds are studied. 

With an understanding of organic chemistry being central to the study and practice of a range of disciplines, Organic Chemistry is the ideal resource for those studying a one- or two-semester organic chemistry course as part of a broader programme of study in the physical and life sciences.


1: Chemical bonding and molecules
2: Molecular structure and shapes of organic molecules
3: Organic compounds: their functional groups, intermolecular interactions and physical properties
4: Conformation and strain in molecules
5: Conjugation, pi-electrion delocalization, and aromaticity
6: Acids and bases
7: Organic reactions and concept of mechanism
8: Nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group in aldehydes and ketones
9: Nucleophilic substitution of carboxylic acid derivatives
10: Reactions of carbonyl compounds with hydride donors and organometallic reagents
11: Stereochemistry and molecular chirality
12: Nucleophilic substitution reactions of haloalkanes and related compounds
13: Elimination reactions of haloalkanes and related compounds
14: Reactions of alcohols, ethers, thiols, sulfides, and amines
15: Addition reactions of alkenes and alkynes
16: Enolate anions and their reactions
17: Enolate ions, their equivalents and reactions
18: Reactions of nucleophiles with alkenes and aromatic compounds
19: Polycyclic and heterocyclic aromatic compounds
20: Rearrangement reactions
21: Pericyclic reactions: cycloadditions, electrocyclic reactions, and sigmatropic rearrangements
22: Rearrangement reactions involving polar molecules and ions
23: Biomolecules
24: Chemistry of biomolecules
25: Structural determination of organic compounds


Tadashi Okuyama is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hyogo, Japan, where his research has explored organic reaction mechanisms, acid-base catalysis, and heteroatom chemistry, and his teaching has included organic chemistry and advanced courses in physical organic chemistry. He has published a number of textbooks in Japanese, and has also translated a number of English language texts for the Japanese market.

Howard Maskill is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK, having retired as Senior Lecturer in 2004. His research explores the mechanism of reactions of organic compounds in solution.

The structure and aim of the text is excellent. [It] begins with the fundamentals of molecular structure and introduces the concept of molecular orbitals early... it clearly maintains a direct link to understanding reaction mechanisms from their fundamental origins. - Chemistry World, July 2014

I will definitely recommend this book to other people. The book not only contains the correct way of doing things but also highlights the incorrect ways or any common mistakes to avoid, which is also absent in most other textbooks. This is much like a tutor tutoring us instead of just reading a book with facts. - Shuang Liu, student, Imperial College London


ISBN : 9780199693276

Tadashi Okuyama; Howard Maskill
688 ページ
196 x 266 mm





Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach

Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach

Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach