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Aromatic Chemistry (Oxford Chemistry Primers) [Paperback]

Malcolm Sainsbury
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September 24, 1992 0198556748 978-0198556749
All the basic principles of the field of aromatic chemistry are clearly presented in this important account. Many compounds of industrial and biological significance are used as examples with consideration given to structure, reactions, and properties. Topics such as thermodynamic versus kinetic control and pericyclic reactions are also introduced. In addition to benzene and the classes of aromatic compounds derived from it, the text covers polycyclic arenes, and the small and large ring systems which are embraced by the wider definition of aromaticity. The text will be especially useful for courses in organic chemistry.

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"Summarizes the fundamentals of aromatic chemistry." --Choice

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Malcolm Sainsbury is at University of Bath.

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  • Series: Oxford Chemistry Primers (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198556748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198556749
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The chemistry of aromatic compounds is part of many aspects of chemistry and other similar subjects. As such the chemistry of benzene and its related compounds is an intergral part of all undergraduate chemistry courses.
This primer covers the vast majority of information needed for a thorough understanding of aromatic chemistry in a clear and readable fashion. The book gives careful consideration to bonding, the concept of aromaticity (Huckel's rule), the major reactions undergone by aromatic compounds along with the orientation of substituents in aromatic reactions, modern synthetic methods, such as the use of organometallic reagents, and examples of other arenes.
Unfortunately, however, there are certain errors in the text that I feel make if difficult to follow. For instance, equation 3.8 on p. 15 is the same as equation 3.9 on p. 16; and SN2 is designated as substitution, nucleophilic unimolecular on p. 27 (above equation 5.2) instead of the correct substitution nucleophilic bimolecular. Furthermore, the text would be improved by the addition of a further reading section. This would be of particular use for Chapter 8 "Wider aspects of aromaticity", which talks about aromatic heterocyclic compounds and annulenes; the former of which the text clearly states is outside its scope.
Overall, this primer provides an inexpensive and generally easy to follow survey of aromatic chemistry, which would aid many students' understanding of chemistry.
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