ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: ESSENCE AND SCOPE
BY PROFESSSOR BINOYARGHA DAM
IMMANUEL COACHING ACADEMY – CHEMISTRY DEPT
All compounds around us which forms the basis of life are organic compounds. These compounds are made up of carbon. And the branch of chemistry which deals with the study of carbon and its compounds is called as organic chemistry.
In organic chemistry, chemists create new molecules and explore the properties of existing compounds. It is the most popular field of study for chemists throughout the world. Organic compounds are present all around us. Starting from toothbrush which we use in the morning just after waking up from bed to the night suit we wear before going to bed, are the blessings of applications of organic chemistry. Fuels, plastics, pharmaceuticals, rubber, detergent, dyes etc. are few organic compounds which are central to the economic growth of each and every country.
The very foundations of our DNA, the food we eat, important constituents present in the food, the medicines we take when we fall sick are made up of organic compounds.
Because of the afore mentioned importance of organic compounds and its applications for the benefit of mankind, organic chemists at all levels are generally employed by various biotechnology, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. Chemists in academia are mainly involved in teaching and research, whereas in industry they mainly work in development or new products.