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Main Group Chemistry, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-49039-5
540 pages
December 2000
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Lately, there has been much interest in the chemistry of Main Group elements with novel compounds being synthesised both in academia and industry. This book examines their synthesis, structure and how they behave chemically.
The second edition follows the same structure as the first except that the biochemistry section has been removed to allow for the inclusion of a wide range of new material. This includes:
* complexation and the stabilization of unstable species;
* new elements and isotopes;
* discussion of, for example, pye-bonding in compounds of the heavier main group elements, electronegativity of F, bonding in sulfur and phosphorus oxo-anions;
* examples of new compounds developed around traditional models; for example, compounds in which multiply-bonded C is replaced by Si and pentavalent organo-derivatives of Group 15
All other information is fully revised and updated in the light of more recent data. Where relevant, the author indicates where gaps exist in current knowledge and offers non-typical examples which are at the limits of current research.
The new edition is aimed at Honors and postgraduate students as well as researchers interested in Main Group elements and their compounds.
On the first edition -
"This is a book I would recommend as background reading for undergraaduates and postgraduates" Education in Chemistry, Chemistry in Britain
"This is a sound and sensible book, coherently produced and well written" The Times Higher Educational Supplement
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Table of Contents

The Periodic Table
Group 1: The Alkali Metals -
Lithium, Sodium, Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium and Francium
Group 2: Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, Barium and Radium
Group 12: Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury
Group 13: Boron, Aluminium, Gallium, Indium and Thallium
Group 14: Carbon, Silicon, Germanium, Tin and Lead
Group 15: The Pnictides -
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony and Bismuth
Group 16: The Chalcogens -
Oxygen, Sulfur, Selenium, Tellerium and Polonium
Group 17: The Halogens -
Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine and Astatine
Group 18: The Rare Gases -
Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon
Solution Chemistry
Steric Effects in Inorganic Chemistry
Appendix A Common Crystal Structures
Appendix B Comparison of Main Group and 3d Transition Metal Cations
Appendix C Brief Summary of Main Group Chemistry
Appendix D Slef-assessment Questions
Appendix E Suggested Further General Reading
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