COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. Jiben Roy recently published his second textbook on organic chemistry in which he specializes.
The book titled, “A Self-Study Guide to the Principles of Organic Chemistry: Key Concepts, Reaction Mechanisms, and Practice Questions for the Beginner,”helps studentsnew to organic chemistry grasp the key concepts of the subject quickly and easily, as well as build a strong foundation for future study.
Dr. Roy said, “It may not be a very comprehensive organic chemistry textbook, and certainly it is not going to replace the existing comprehensive organic chemistry textbook, but it has all the elements and features of organic chemistry to build the student’s skill and foundation in understanding as well as learning organic chemistry.
“This book can be considered as the 21st century ‘Rosetta Stone,’ used to study this foreign language, organic chemistry. By studying this book, students struggling with organic chemistry will be able to grasp the key concepts easily.”
He explained some students taking organic chemistry are very scared of the class, but this central science subject is a requirement for chemistry majors, biology majors or many more related majors.
In the book, Roy stated, “You don’t have to be brilliant to survive organic chemistry, but you have to be willing to work at it.” The book is intended for the courses of both organic chemistry I and organic chemistry II.
Starting with a definition, the book explains atoms, electronic configuration, bonding, hydrocarbons, polar reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, reaction varieties, organic spectroscopy, aromaticity and aromatic reactions, essential organic functionalities and their reactions, biomolecules including carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nucleic acids, organic polymers and a synthetic approach to organic compounds.
It emphasizes visual conception through the use of more than 100 structural drawings, charts and mechanisms, with less narrative so that the student can better visualize the principles of organic chemistry. Students will discover how logical organic chemistry is, and they will certainly need less memorization practicing with pen and paper.
Each chapter ends with frequently asked questions and answers, followed by additional practice problems with the answers at the back. The questions & answers section of each chapter is an integral part of the formulae for understanding organic chemistry. Almost all the most essential concepts in organic chemistry are introduced in a systematic manner so that the students find them logical, easier, and challenging as well.
A couple of years back, Dr. Roy, a chemistry professor at The W, published a textbook on pharmaceutical sciences, which he teaches at 400 level every alternative years as a special topic course at the university.
Dr. Roy earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1983, and went on to complete his post-doctoral fellowship at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa 1984-1985.
He has established an impressive track record in teaching and research, while also working in the pharmaceutical industry with bulk drugs and formulations, both in the United States and abroad. His publications include An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Production, Chemistry, Techniques & Technology (2011), Organic Chemistry (in Bengali) (1979), over four dozen other publications and a co-edited special issue of the journal Current Medicinal Chemistry.
He joined The W in 2004 and he resides in Columbus with his wife, Rita, and three daughters, Writtika, Wrijoya and Wrishija.