Chemistry Reading List

The following books will be useful in your Oxford Chemistry degree (you will be notified of other relevant books during your course):

J Clayden, N Greeves, S Warren and P Wothers Organic Chemistry (published by Oxford University Press)
P Sykes A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry (published by Prentice Hall)
P.W. Atkins and J. de Paula Physical Chemistry (published by Oxford University Press)
T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller Inorganic Chemistry (ideally 7th edition, published by Oxford University Press)

Before starting your degree in Oxford the Chemistry Tutors request that you read:

  1. Chapter 1 (atomic structure) and Chapter 2 (molecular structure and bonding) of Inorganic Chemistry by Weller et al.
  2. Chapter 1 of A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry by Sykes, and Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 of Organic Chemistry by Clayden et. al.
  3. Chapters 1, 2 and 7 of Physical Chemistry by Atkins and de Paula.

All new chemistry freshers are invited to look at https://​bit​.ly/​3​w​1XNd8 which is a regularly-updated list of books which they can borrow for free for as long as they like during their degree. These have mostly been donated by former students. To reserve a book which is still available please email rachel.​quarrell@​balliol.​ox.​ac.​uk

July 2023