"This is a book I would recommend research students involved in heterogeneous catalysis to read an early stage, but it's style means that it will be of value to a much broader audience, including anyone with an interest in catalysis."
--CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN, Vol. 35, No. 12, December 1999
From the Back Cover
Many industrial organic chemists synthesize a new compound using standard organic synthetic techniques only to be informed by a supervisor that they must convert some of the synthetic steps into heterogeneous catalytic steps. Those who have not been exposed to heterogeneous catalysis have few places to turn. Heterogeneous Catalysis in Organic Chemistry provides both the novice organic chemist with a concise introduction to the state of the art and the experienced organic chemist with descriptions of recent surface science and materials science discoveries that can stimulate innovative, nontraditional thinking about organic reactions on surfaces.
Written for organic chemists in academia and in the fine and specialty chemicals industries, this book addresses the questions organic chemists ask about heterogeneous catalysis by first introducing and explaining the concepts and language of catalysis. After this "short course," subsequent chapters cover reactions frequently used in organic chemistry, specifically liquid-phase hydrogenation of unsaturated bonds, hydrogenolysis (removal) of protecting groups, and selective oxidations using hydrogen peroxide. A special chapter covers the rapidly moving field of heterogeneous enantioselective hydrogenations for producing pure enantiomers of chiral products such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. The emerging field of heterogenized homogeneous catalysts is also addressed.