773120 Organic chemistry

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hofinger-Horvath, Andreas
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This lecture provides an introduction to the three major biological macromolecules, namely proteins; carbohydrates; and lipids. The structure and properties of these macromolecules will be examined in relation to their function within the cell. Topics covered will include proteins as structural elements and enzymes, lipids as components of cell membranes, carbohydrates as energy stores The chemical constitution of plants and the nutritional roles of amino acids, carbohydrates as well as fats will also be considered briefly.

The second part of the lecture will cover artificial polymers, their synthesis and reactions.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

This lecture develops - based on general chemistry ideas and extended knowledge of chemical substances - biomolecules and molecules from anthropogenic origin - in natural environment, their interactions and structure-function relationship.
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