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Acetylene Chemistry: Chemistry, Biology and Material Science

Francois Diederich (Editor), Peter J. Stang (Editor), Rik R. Tykwinski (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-30781-4
528 pages
March 2005
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Acetylenes are an important and valuable class of compounds in organic synthesis. This book expands on this historically well-established concept, while incorporating the many new developments that have widened the number of applications in this field. It remains the only handbook available that embodies all the important facets of acetylene chemistry. Following the first section on synthesis, the leading authors deal with advanced materials before turning to the properties and theory of acetylenes, while a final section looks at the biological aspects. With its range of experimental procedures, this book is a practical aid for both organic and organometallic chemists, as well as for materials scientists, biochemists, and industrial chemists.
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Table of Contents

Addition of Terminal Acetylides to C=O and C=N Electrophiles
Synthesis of Heterocycles and Carbocycles via Electrophilic Cyclization of Alkynes
Transition Metal Acetylides
Semiconducting Poly(arylene ethylene)s
Polyynes via Alkylidene Carbenes and Carbenoids
Theoretical Studies on Acetylenic Scaffolds
Macrocycles Based on Phenyl-Acetylene Scaffolding
Carbon-Rich Compounds: Acetylene-Based Carbon Allotropes
Chiral Acetylenic Macromolecules
Shape-Persistent Acetylenic Macrocycles for Ordered Systems
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Author Information

Francois Diederich was born in 1952 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He received his doctoral degree in 1979 from the University of Heidelberg and subsequently pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). After his Habilitation at the Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung, he joined in 1985 the Faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA where he became full professor in 1989. In 1992, he moved to the ETH Zürich as a member of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences. His research interests, documented in more than 420 publications, span from medicinal chemistry, with a focus on molecular recognition studies, to advanced fullerene and acetylene-based materials with novel optoelectronic properties.

Rik R. Tykwinski received his BS degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his PhD from the University of Utah. After postdoctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich (1994-97), he joined the faculty of the University of Alberta in 1997 and is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He has published over 75 research papers, most of which describe the synthesis and unique properties of acetylenic molecules.

Peter J. Stang is professor at the university of Utah. Beside many other prices he has received the American Chemical Society George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon Chemistry, 2003, the Robert W. Parry Teaching Award in Chemistry, 2000 and the American Chemical Soc. James Flack Norris Award in Physical-Organic Chemistry in 1998. Stang is the author or co-author of 370 scientific publications, including six monographs and two dozen reviews.
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"Overall Acetylene Chemistry is a superb book that gives a broad overview of alkyne science. It is well suited and almost mandatory reading for researchers, professors, and graduate students who have an interest in alkyne chemistry. It is an excellent investment for every personal library. I will buy at least two additional copies of this really important book: one for my group and one for my bedside table, to be able to take an in-depth look at the exciting possibilities of alkyne chemistry."
Advanced Materials

"The book should be available in every library concerned with these fields. The verdict: strongly recommended."
Angewandte Chemie I.E.

"... I reviewed this important book with a great deal of personal interest. I was not disappointed..."
MRS Bulletin

"...a 'superb book.' It remains the single volume 'user-friendly' compilation that offers a broad overview of acetylene chemistry..."
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