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.


Organic Chemistry Helps Feed the World

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 Synthesis fighting Blindness

Organic Chemists Fighting Blindness

Organic chemistry has played, and continues to play, an essential role in improving human health

Organic synthesis helps to treat lung cancer

Organic Synthesis to help treat Lung Cancer

Organic synthesis has been used to develop Crizotinib, an example of a tailored cancer therapy used for the treatment of lung cancer

Sustainable Chemistry

Protecting the Environment with Green Chemistry

Organic chemists are reducing waste and avoiding the use of toxic reagents and solvents in the manufacture of chemical products

Forestry waste

Organic Synthesis for Sustainable Biofuels

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...

Solar Photovoltaic

Harnessing Solar Energy with Organic Photovoltaics

The creation of new Organic Photovoltaic technologies relies on innovative synthetic organic chemistry

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Organic Chemists Developing Plastic Electronics

Organic synthesis has led to an exciting development in the display industry with the emergence of P-OLEDs

Autosampler vials

Organic Chemistry Contributing to Flavours and Fragrances

Organic chemistry contributes to flavours and fragrances industry which are incorporated by manufacturers into a variety of consumer products

dyes and pigments

Organic Chemists Contributing to Dyes and Colours

Organic chemists have developed a diversity of synthetic dyes and pigments to complement the colourful world that nature has provided


Organic Chemists Contributing to Whole Genome Sequencing

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