by Adam Le Gresley, PhD

Learn Chemistry from an expert

This course is designed for researchers who wish to fill gaps in their basic chemistry and see how it relates to drug design and optimisation.
Also first year U/G students within any of the sciences or those with a basic understanding of chemistry but who want to understand how molecules relate to medicinal chemistry can benefit from the content of this course.
If you are a professional in the non-chemical sciences e.g. medicine, this course is also for you.

The main goal of this course is to understand the composition of atoms and the reactivities of the elements and the difference between covalent and ionic bond formation.
Other skills you will acquire are:

  • Being able to identify different ionic interactions
  • Understanding how the strength of acids and bases are calculated
  • Being able to identify functional groups and propose how they react
  • Understanding how structural variation of a drug can alter its pharmacological properties
  • Gain an insight into the fundamental molecular basis of interaction of a drug with a drug target

This course is divided into two parts which are:

  • Chemistry: Basics
  • Chemistry: Advanced

Course Details

  • Videos 19
  • Duration 8:41 h
  • Quiz questions 50
  • Topic reviews 19


Your Educators of course Chemistry

 Adam Le Gresley, PhD

Adam Le Gresley, PhD

Dr. Adam Le Gresley is Associate Professor in the department of Pharmacy and Chemistry at Kingston University London.
Le Gresley was awarded his PhD in supramolecular organic chemistry by the University of Surrey in 2004 and carried out his postdoctoral research on photolabile compounds at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, USA, funded by the NIH.

He was appointed to the Faculty of Science at Kingston University in 2009, where he has been teaching on U/G and P/G courses within chemistry, pharmacy and the biological sciences for the last 6 years. In addition to teaching, Le Gresley maintains a small research group, funded by a number of industrial partners including GlaxoSMithKline with interests in NMR metabolomics, the synthesis of new in vitro diagnostic probes for problem pathogens and novel Rab7 inhibitors for the treatment of diabetes.
He is a regular reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to the development of courses across the faculty. Le Gresley was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and subsequently to Associate Professor in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry in 2013.

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Dr. Gresley review
By Austin B. on 31. August 2016 for Chemistry: Advanced

Informative. Interesting. Punctual. enthusiastic. Descriptive. Mature. Accented. Kind. Thorough. Well planned.

Excellent for a Quick Review/Reminder
By Farhan R. on 15. August 2016 for Chemistry: Basics

It was a little rushed in places, feeling more like a quick review than actual teaching, but for the most part it was great. The professor explained things better than most of my teachers, and at the end of the day I am leaving the course with a legit grasp of whatever he covered. I would recommend this as a refresher for some of the major concepts of basic chemistry, but probably is not the best place to learn things from scratch.

Very helpful
By Lauren B. on 15. June 2016 for Chemistry: Basics

It was very helpful and the professor did a better job explaining the concepts than the online course I am taking. Thank you!

Understanding Chemistry made easy
By Till V. on 13. May 2016 for Chemistry

Adam Le Gresley is doing in amazing job letting you understand all important chemistry topics. Great Job!