Organic Chemistry Case Studies
The Organic Division Council are developing a series of scientific case-studies to highlight the role and importance of organic synthesis in every aspect of life (including drugs, sustainable energy, green chemistry, agricultural productivity, electronics and the economy). Some of the case studies cover new areas that will make big improvements on human activities in the future, keep up to date with these developments by clicking on the links below.
Explore the value of organic chemistry
Feature Case Study
Dr John Clough introduces Azoxystrobin, the world's leading agricultural fungicide. It is a fully synthetic compound, whose invention was inspired by the structure and activity of the naturally-occurring fungicide strobilurin A. The success of the project highlights the crucial importance of organic chemistry to global food production.
Agricultural fungicides make a key contribution to the yield and quality of numerous crops ensuring a reliable supply of food for the growing world population
Organic chemistry has played, and continues to play, an essential role in improving human health
Organic synthesis has been used to develop Crizotinib, an example of a tailored cancer therapy used for the treatment of lung cancer
Organic chemists are reducing waste and avoiding the use of toxic reagents and solvents in the manufacture of chemical products
Organic synthesis contribute to the production of biofuels from non-edible carbohydrate feedstocks to increase both the availability of biofuels and the sustainability of the biofu...
The creation of new Organic Photovoltaic technologies relies on innovative synthetic organic chemistry
Organic synthesis has led to an exciting development in the display industry with the emergence of P-OLEDs
Organic chemistry contributes to flavours and fragrances industry which are incorporated by manufacturers into a variety of consumer products
Organic chemists have developed a diversity of synthetic dyes and pigments to complement the colourful world that nature has provided
Progress in genome sequencing is underpinned by many scientific disciplines including organic chemistry
Contact and Further Information
Dr Leanne Marle
Programme Manager, Science Division
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: 01223 432313