Print this page Share

Scent and Chemistry

ISBN: 978-3-90639-066-6
350 pages
January 2012
Scent and Chemistry (3906390667) cover image


This book is the long awaited completely revised and extended edition of GŁnther Ohloff's standard work "Scent and Fragrances: The Fascination of Odors and Their Chemical Perspectives". The prominent chemists GŁnther Ohloff, Wilhelm Pickenhagen, and Philip Kraft convey the scientist, the perfumer, as well as the interested layman with a vivid and up-to-date picture of the state of the art of the chemistry of odorants and the research in odor perception. The book details on the molecular basis of olfaction, olfactory characterization of perfumery materials, structure-odor relationships, the chemical synthesis of odorants, and the chemistry of essential oils and odorants from the animal kingdom, backed up by ca. 400 perfumery examples and historical aspects.

It will serve as a thorough introductory text for all those interested in the molecular world of odors.

This book is written for everyone who wants to know more about the molecular basis of odor, and the relationships between chemical structures and olfactory properties. The great structural diversity of odorants, their synthesis, natural occurrence and their structure?odor correlation demonstrate what a fascinating science Fragrance Chemistry indeed is.
See More

Table of Contents

1. Historical Aspects

2. The Chemical Senses

3. Structure-Odor Relationships

4. Odorants from Natural Resources

5. Odorants from Petrochemical Sources

6. Ionones, Damascones, and Iso E Super

7. Essential Oils

8. Odorants of Animal Origin

Perfume Index

Subject Index

See More

Author Information

Günther Ohloff (1924-2005) studied Pharmacy in Königsberg and Erlangen, as well as Chemistry at the TH Dresden. After his Ph.D. with Heinrich Wienhaus he moved to Schimmel, Miltitz, in 1951 but left Eastern Germany in 1953 for Dragoco, Holzminden. From 1959-1962 he stayed at the Max Planck Institute, Mülheim, and then joined Firmenich, Geneva, where he was research director from 1968 until his retirement 1989. His prize-awarded scientific work is documented in 228 publications and 111 patents.

Wilhelm Pickenhagen (*1939) obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Paris with Edgar Lederer. After a fellowship with George Büchi at MIT, research chemist and then department head at Firmenchi, Geneva, general manager Flavor Technology at Firmenchi, Princeton, and from 1996-2003 head of corporate research of Dragoco, Holzminden. Lecturer and Honorary Professor at the University of Gõttingen, and lecturer at the ISIPCA Versaitles. He has authored 60 scientific and 29 patent publications.

Philip Kraft (*1969) studied Chemistry at Kie University, and obtained his Ph.D. with Werner Tochtermann on macrocyclic musks in collaboration with Haarmann Et Reimer, Holzminden. In 1996, he joined Givaudan Research, Dübendorf, and became group leader in 2001. He has authored 78 publications and 27 patents, invented Super Muguet, Azurone, Pomarose, Serenolide, Cassyrane, and Sylkolide, and reads Fragrance Chemistry at the Universities of Bern and Zurich, and the ETH Zurich.

See More


“This wonderful book will interest readers in the fields of psychology and neurophysiology as well as the obvious organic chemistry and biochemistry.  Useful as a course resource and reference book.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)

“This book would be ideal for perfume/odour chemists or any chemist with an interest in natural products.”  (Chemistry World, 20 June 2012)

“The first edition of the book was written for “interested scientists and everyone who appreciates nice scents”. The same is also true for this book.”  (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 2012)

“Given their unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge, it would be a great addition to a perfumery bookshelf.”  (Bois de Jasmin, 6 March 2012)

“This is a splendid book, which I really enjoyed … Thoroughly recommended.”  (Chemistry & Industry, 1 May 2012)


See More
Back to Top