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Transition Metals for Organic Synthesis: Building Blocks and Fine Chemicals, 2nd Revised and Enlarged Edition, 2-Volume Set

Matthias Beller (Editor), Carsten Bolm (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-30613-8
1344 pages
October 2004
Transition Metals for Organic Synthesis: Building Blocks and Fine Chemicals, 2nd Revised and Enlarged Edition, 2-Volume Set (3527306137) cover image


The definitive standard reference on the topic - now in its second, expanded edition with 20% more content and new chapters about ionic liquids, high pressure chemistry, the use of microwave technology and many more.

The two-volume "Beller/Bolm" presents the numerous applications in both academic and industrial research in a clearly structured manner. The fundamentals, catalytic and stoichiometric reactions with transition metals such as hydroformylation, amidocarbonylation and the Pauson-Khand reaction are treated in the first volume. The second volume focuses on hydrogenations and oxidations, as well as more modern methods, including the use of microwaves or ionic liquids.

The top editors, Matthias Beller and Carsten Bolm, have put together an international team of over 70 renowned authors, including two Nobel laureates, to guarantee first-class contributions. Readers in academia or industry will find here rapid access to this thorough and indispensable compendium.

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Table of Contents

From the contents:


Concepts for the Use of Transition Metals in Industrial Fine Chemical Synthesis
Hydroformylation -
Applications in the Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
Multiple Carbon-Carbon Bond Formations under Hydroformylation Conditions
The Amidocarbonylation of Aldehydes
Isomerization of Olefin and the Related Reactions
Suzuki Reaction
Transition Metal-Catalyzed Arylation of Amines and Alcohols
Heck Reaction
Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Substitutions
Fischer-Type Carbene Complexes
Chromium-Arene Complexes


Homogeneous Hydrogenations
Heterogeneous Hydrogenations
Oxidations of C-H Compounds Catalyzed by Metal Complexes
Metal-Catalyzed Baeyer-Villiger Reactions
Asymmetric Aminohydroxylation -
Recent Developments
Rhenium-Catalyzed Epoxidations
Wacker-Type Oxidations
Two-Phase Catalysis
Transition Metal Catalysis under High Pressure in Liquid Phase
Transition Metal Catalysis using Ionic Liquids
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Author Information

Matthias Beller, born in 1962, studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his doctoral thesis in 1989 in the group of Prof. L.-F. Tietze. As recipient of a Liebig scholarship from the Association of the German Chemical Industry, he then spent a postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Prof. K. Barry Sharpless at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. From 1991 to 1995, Beller joined the Hoechst AG, where he most recently directed the "Homogeneous Catalysis" project. At the beginning of 1996 he moved to the Technical University of Munich as Professor for Inorganic Chemistry. 1998, he relocated to the University of Rostock to head the Leibniz Institute for Organic Catalysis (IfOK) and to occupy a chair in catalysis. Matthias Beller is a member of the board of Dechema's Catalysis Section, the German Catalysis Competence Network ("ConNeCat") as well as the Innovationsagentur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He is also a member of the Association for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

Carsten Bolm was born in Braunschweig in 1960. He studied chemistry at the TU Braunschweig (Germany) and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA). In 1987 he obtained his doctorate with Professor Reetz in Marburg (Germany). After postdoctoral training with Professor Sharpless at MIT, Cambridge (USA), Carsten Bolm worked in Basel (Switzerland) with Professor Giese to obtain his habilitation. In 1993 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Marburg (Germany), and since 1996 he has a chair of Organic Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen (Germany). His awards include the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz prize, the ADUC-Jahrespreis for habilitands, the annual prize for Chemistry of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, the Otto-Klung prize, and the Otto-Bayer award. He held visiting professorships at the Universities in Madison (US), Paris (France), Florence (Italy), Milano (Italy) , and Namur (Belgium), and he was fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
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"So - a veritable feast of chemistry! At £270, this is not perhaps the cheapest reference text, but it is without doubt one of the very best, and every serious synthetic organic chemist, whether student or experienced practitioner, should have access to a copy, which I am sure they will subsequently find to be indispensible. It is an essential addition to all academic and industrial reference libraries. Strongly recommended, and without reservation."
Organic Process Research & Development

"A comparison with the first edition ... shows that most chapters have been constructively modernized. In some cases, the first contribution by the author was updated with an additional section. The chapters are written, in the main, by world-leading experts. ... All chapters have information listed in tables and helpful schemes. Chapters are appropriately sectioned and referenced extremely well, so that the reader will be completely up-to-date for the next five to ten years. ... The subject index section contains significant keywords, which is very useful, and most topics of interest can be found in a few seconds.(...) Overall, as a holder of the first edition of the book, I have no reservation in recommending this second edition. It is a must-have book for every research laboratory, and importantly it is a pageturner. It is generally very well structured and the majority of key references are included - it is quite extraordinary that so many areas have been covered in ca. 1300 pages - which at the very least provides an excellent starting point for this everexpanding branch of synthetic chemistry."
Applied Organometallic Chemistry
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