Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
The text opens with a short overview of the way chemists
understand chemical structure, and how that understanding is
essential in developing a good knowledge of chemical reactivity and
mechanism. The remainder of the text presents a mechanistic
classification of modern organic chemistry, developed in the
context of synthetic organic chemistry and exemplified by reference
to stereoselective synthesis and protecting group chemistry. This
approach is intended to illustrate the importance and value of a
good grasp of organic reaction mechanisms, which is a prerequisite
for a broader understanding of organic chemistry.
Written by an expert educator with a sound understanding of the needs of different audiences, the subject is presented with clarity and precision, and in a highly practical manner. It is relevant to undergraduates, postgraduates and industrial organic chemists.
5. Acidity and Basicity.
6. Nucleophilic Substitution.
7. Addition Reactions.
8. Elimination Reactions.
9. Aromatic Substitution.
10. Sequential Addition and Elimination Reactions.
11. Radical Reactions.
12. Ligand Coupling Reactions.
13. Pericyclic Reactions
Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford and St Peter’s College, Oxford.
- Written by an expert educator with a sound understanding of the
needs of undergraduate, postgraduate and industrial organic
chemists. The subject is covered with the clarity and precision
necessary to enable the student to understand the material with the
minimum of distraction.
- Contains many examples of the application of mechanistic
principles in synthetic organic chemistry, ensuring the
undergraduate student understands how chemists apply their
understanding of reaction mechanism in the development of new
- Bridges the gap between standard undergraduate textbooks, which generally take a functional group approach to chemistry, and advanced level textbooks, which often obscure the really fundamental information in the level of detail they present.
"It will serve as a good reference source for any course that deals with physical organic chemistry." (CHOICE, January 2009)
"An extremely well thought out and well presented book that achieves the author’s stated aims and deserves to be on any practising organic chemist’s shelf." (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, December 2008)
"This book will be extremely useful as a guide to the essentials of modern organic chemistry, provided that you have a very good knowledge of organic chemistry or an excellent teacher to guide you through it." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, December 22, 2008)
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