Named Organic Reactions

This website gives users the chance to learn more about the mechanisms of the many named organic reactions which exist in the realm of Chemistry.

The users need to do each step by themselves through interactive curly arrow pushing, with the help of some hints, in a totally different learning process compared to an ordinary textbook.

Each reaction can be printed out for reference after being drawn out successfully, and notes about many of the reactions are available to add to a users chemical understanding of the process. There are also links to related journals on the notes page of each reaction. Access to journals is subject to subscription to the relevant publisher. This is generally held by most universities.

There is a tutorial movie which will show you how to use the system, and expain the features of the program. This may take a few minutes to load, depending on your internet connection speed.

It is strongly recommended that users first familiarise themselves with the program and the methods for basic reaction drawing by viewing and using the Interactive Organic Mechanisms site, as well as watching the tutorial movie. This page covers substitution and elimination reactions, and is an excellent starting point for those new to the interactive curly arrow drawing program.

Please make sure to read the "Points To Note" page before beginning to draw out any of the mechanisms. The page will explain some of the abbreviations used, and makes several points about the mechanism drawing technology itself which will be important for users to remember.

The "Reactions" page allows you the chance to browse and select from the available named reactions the one you wish to explore. The database can be ordered and searched, depending on what the individual user is looking for.

The "About" page will allow you to learn more about the people behind the site and gives methods for contacting us.

To run this site you will need the latest version of Macromedia Flash Player which can be obtained from the link below. Enjoy your experience. Flash Player Download

Some of the journals are in .pdf format. To open this kind of file, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be obtained from the link below. Adobe Reader 7.0 Download

Pages and mechanisms constructed and programmed by Matthew Smith and Chloe Yu, final year MChem research students in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford Copyright 1996-2005