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Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry is the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and synthesis of organic compounds that by definition contain carbon.

It is a specific discipline within the subject of chemistry.

Organic compounds are molecules composed of carbon and hydrogen, and may contain any number of other elements.

Many organic compounds contain nitrogen, oxygen, halogens, and more rarely phosphorus or sulphur.

Current trends in organic chemistry are chiral synthesis, green chemistry, microwave chemistry and fullerene chemistry.

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