During my postgraduate studies in the year 1961–62, I came across a book Name Reactions in Organic Chemistry by Alexander R. Surrey, which impressed me a lot. At present I am inspired to write such a book after 45 year of my teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The knowledge of organic reactions is must for the study of fundamentals of organic chemistry as reactions are the heart of organic chemistry. Reaction mechanism tells as how the molecules initiate reaction; permit us to find pathways of all reactants, which enable us to predict the nature of product expected.
Out of about a thousand name reactions available in literature, approximately five hundreds reactions are well known ones. We have selected about 175 reactions which are useful to understand the fundamentals of organic chemistry for any university student. Out of them, 53 reactions for the synthesis of compounds have been described as heterocycles which have great synthetic utility in the field of pharmaceuticals. In deciding the depth of topic, I relied upon my experiences as a classroom teacher and interaction with scholars.
Along with the reactions the introduction of the scientists, information about his education, academic excellence and contribution in the field of chemistry are also included.
The main aspects are principle, mechanism and applications; priority is given to industrial applications. The book is written for the audience of undergraduate, postgraduate level and research students.