Aromatic Compounds Study Guide Cheat Sheet

When it comes to naming Aromatic compounds in organic chemistry, you will be required to know both common and IUPAC names. My Naming Aromatic Compounds videos teach you how to approach nomenclature. or CLICK HERE for my entire 21-video series on Naming Organic Compounds.

However, students often ask me for a list of ‘required’ or ‘common’ aromatic compounds. And so I’ve put together this detailed guide of various compounds you’ll see in Organic Chemistry 1, 2, and perhaps even later on in Biochemistry/Biology.

This list is by no means complete, however it does cover most of what you’ll see in organic chemistry.
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  1. I can not understand the aromatic heterocycles

  2. How come Phenyl and Benzyl is not listed?

  3. Princedeepinder says

    Ma’am you are love with organic chemistry..
    Truly yours mam

  4. Thanks a lit for these cheat sheets. They’ve helped me a lot.
    Please make one on aldehydes, ketones and amines.

  5. Larissa S. says

    You’re amazing. Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Can I ask you some questions about the substitution reaction of aromatic?

    I´ve learnt that if there is a deactivating group on the aromatic ring; the alkylation and acylation rxn cannot occur. But if there also be an activating group on the ring, which one will determine the rxn? (Occur or not, position of the substituent

    • When there’s competition between activating and deactivating groups, the stronger activating group (if there’s more than one) wins. Be sure to take steric effects into consideration

  7. Thankew you so much mam for this awesome work. It helded me alot and it will definitely tuned my knowledge to the proper stage…

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