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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
Sixth Edition
2001 Electronic Release

Managing Editor: Thomas Kellersohn

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    "The user interface is excellent: simple, clear, and highly functional. (It) makes the electronic version a big improvement over the paper Fifth Edition."
    The Alchemist (ChemWeb)

    "An indispensable reference work for applied scientists of all persuasions. Every library should have a copy. A publication of highest quality and recommended without reservation."
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    "Ullmann's has a number of plus features which distinguish it from competing material: its structure is the result of 80 years experience and tradition, it is entirely international in scope, concept and presentation; only the very best and most authoritative material being presented at the highest levels of authenticity, each article is designed with the reader in mind."
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    Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is a reference work detailing the state of scientific and technological knowledge in all areas of industrial chemistry. This reference work is fully international in scope and coverage, published in the English language, and has been compiled under the supervision of a world-wide renowned Editorial Advisory Board. It contains about 1000 major articles, written by almost 3,000 authors who are experts in their fields affiliated to leading chemical companies or research institutes. More than 16 million words, about 10,000 tables, 30,000 figures, and innumerable literature sources and cross-references: this Encyclopedia offers a wealth of comprehensive and well-structured information on all facets of industrial chemistry.

    Subject areas include:

    • Inorganic and organic chemicals
    • Advanced materials
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Polymers and plastics
    • Metals and alloys
    • Biotechnology and biotechnological products
    • Food chemistry
    • Process engineering and unit operations
    • Analytical methods
    • Environmental protection, etc.

    For each chemical substance information on physical and chemical properties, production, applications, economic data, toxicology and occupational health is given. The chemical substances that are described in detail range from raw materials via bulk products to fine and specialty chemicals. Relevant patent information is given wherever available.

    A Brief History of the World's Largest Technical Encyclopedia

    First published in 1914 by Professor Fritz Ullmann in Berlin, Ullmanns Encyklopädie der technischen Chemie (as the German title read) quickly became the standard reference work in industrial chemistry. Generations of chemists have since relied on Ullmann's as their prime reference source. Further German editions followed in 1928-1932 and 1951-1970. The twenty-five volumes of the fourth edition, published in 1972-1984, were divided into an alphabetically ordered series of 18 volumes and a general series of six volumes which gave an account of the principles and methods of chemical engineering and process technology.

    Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Fifth Edition, was published from 1985 to 1996. This was the first edition published in the English language. By doing so, the publisher was able to offer an even better service to the international readership who already found the German editions of Ullmann's invaluable. The printed version of the Fifth Edition comprises 28 alphabetically arranged volumes, 8 volumes on general aspects such as chemical engineering, industrial safety, and analytical methods, and a cumulative index volume with more than 80,000 carefully selected keywords. It also contains a German-English dictionary of technical terms. Altogether, the 37 volumes contain more than 800 major articles, written by almost 3,000 authors who are experts in their fields, affiliated to leading chemical companies or research institutes, 10,000 tables, 20,000 figures, and innumerable references on 27,000 printed pages.

    In mid-1997, Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry had been made available in electronic form to ensure greater convenience and topicality. As a first step, the Fifth Edition had been published on CD-ROM. And in mid-1998, publication of the Sixth Edition had begun in the form of annual electronic releases.

    The Current Edition

    From 1998 on, the Sixth Edition of Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is being published in electronic form to ensure greater convenience and topicality. With annual electronic releases, the encyclopedia will be updated and new articles will be added faster and in a more flexible manner than has been possible in a printed format. Further, the electronic encyclopedia offers a number of attractive additional features due to a powerful retrieval software. It enables you to

    • search for a word or phrase in the entire text
    • use wildcards, Boolean operators, and proximity searching to expand the scope of the search and enhance the relevance of the results
    • browse through articles
    • follow cross-references via hyperlinks
    • look up literature references
    • print out entries
    • copy text into your Word for Windows document

    Complicated searches that may be time-consuming with printed books can now be performed in seconds. This is achieved by full 32-bit programming and by using a number of helpful indexes, such as

    • full text index
    • author index
    • CAS registry number index
    • keyword index
    and the possibility to enhance the relevance of the search results by confining the search to selected sections of the encyclopedia or of individual documents (e.g., tables or figure captions).

    New in the 2001 Release

    • About 70 articles have been revised, covering altogether more than 3000 printed pages. That's an update of 10% of the entire information! Look out for the REVISED remark on the title pages of these articles, or have a look at the list below.
    • Recent developments in the field are reflected by authoritative, brand-new review articles like "Combinatorial Chemistry", "Fullerenes", "High-Throughput Screening", "Metallocenes", "Microreactors", "Sonochemistry", "Sprayforming of Metals", or "Visualization Techniques" that are published in this release.
    • It is now possible to rank the results of a search according to their relevance. The number of occurrences of a search term in an article or a document is displayed.
    • Hot links connect you immediately from Ullmann's retrieval system to relevant Websites on the Internet (provided that you have access and that a browser like NetscapeTM or the Microsoft Internet ExplorerTM is installed on your computer).

    Please note:

    • In the electronic version, no distinction will be made between articles from the "A" and "B"series.
    • Because of their great average length, articles have been divided into individual documents at chapter level to speed up the retrieval functions.

    New and Revised Articles

    Acrolein and Methacrolein
    Alcohols, polyhydric
    Aldehydes, aliphatic and araliphatic
    Allyl Compounds
    Aluminum Compounds, organic
    Antiallergic Agents
    Antiasthmatic Agents
    Antimony and Antimony Compounds
    Antiulcer Drugs
    Barium and Barium Compounds
    Benzoic Acid and Dericatives
    Boron Carbide, Boron Nitride and Metal Borides
    Calcium Carbide
    Cancer Chemotherapy
    Carcinogenic Agents
    Combinatorial Chemistry
    Cyanuric Acid and Cyanuric Chloride
    Electrochemical Nanotechnology
    Ethylene Glycol
    Fullerenes (in: Carbon)
    Fungicides, Agricultural
    Gallbladder and Liver Therapy
    Heat Storage Media
    High-Throughput Screening
    Imaging Technology
    Indicator Reagents
    Information Storage Materials
    Lactose and Derivatives
    Liquid-Solid Extraction
    Methyl-Tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
    Nuclear Technology
    Oxo Synthesis
    Phenol Derivatives
    Pigments, Inorganic
    Rubber, 3. Synthetic
    Solar Technology
    Sprayforming of Metals
    Titanium, Titanium Alloys, and Titanium Compounds
    Visualization Techniques for Process Engineering

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