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Inorganic Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy: Methodology Paperback – February 17, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471971245 ISBN-10: 0471971243 Edition: Volume I

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; Volume I edition (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471971243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471971245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

—Journal of Chemical Education

This newly available paperbound edition of Inorganic Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy includes all the material from the original clothbound edition published in 1999. Consisting of articles contributed by outstanding scientists from around the world, Volume I, Methodology presents the state of the art in this field, written in a style accessible to the well-read senior undergraduate, and yet still of superior value to the senior researcher.

The first of a two-volume set, Volume I provides a thorough review of methodologies in transition metal spectroscopy and theoretical modeling, including:

  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • IR, Raman, and Resonance Raman Spectroscopy
  • Newer techniques used in inorganic chemistry, such as polarized absorption spectroscopy
  • Luminescence spectroscopy
  • Laser spectroscopy, X-ray and absorption spectroscopy, and EXAFS
  • Three important chapters on traditional ligand field theory

This work assumes a basic understanding of quantum chemistry and group theory and reflects the current state of development for many of the techniques used by practicing inorganic chemists. Although written by multiple contributors, the editors' holistic approach to the manuscript has ensured a uniform presentation.

About the Author

Edward I. Solomon is a Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry at the Standford University Department of Chemistry.  He received his BS in 1968 from  Rensselaer University, and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Princeton University.  His research emphasizes the detailed application of a wide variety of spectroscopic methods combined with molecular orbital calculations to probe the electronic structure of a transition metal complex and its relation to physical properties and reactivity. Three areas of physical-inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry are of general interest: chemical and spectroscopic studies of metalloprotein active sites, detailed spectroscopic and electronic structure studies of high symmetry transition metal complexes, and  development of synchroton spectroscopies (at SSRL) to solve important problems in inorganic chemistry.  Professor Solomon is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1976-79, an Associate Editor for Inorganic Chemistry, and has received a number of other honors throughout his career.

Alfred Barry P. Lever is a Distinguished Research Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Chemistry at York University in Toronto.  He received his Ph.D. in 1960, from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.  He is the Founding Editor of the journal Coordination Chemistry Reviews.   This journal offers rapid publication of review articles on topics of current interest and importance in coordination chemistry, which includes aspects of organometallic, theoretical and bioinorganic chemistry.  Professor Lever was, amongst other things, a Killam Research Fellow from 2000 through 2002, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Linstead Award for Career Achievements in Phthalocyanine Chemistry.

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This is a multiauthored volume, which generally creates the expectation that it will be more disjointed and uneven in depth than most single-author books. However, the advantage of multi-author books, when done well, is that the authors usually make fewer errors and present their material as experienced practitioners. This book is done well - and I found several chapters useful in preparing a set of lecture notes in a "Physical Methods" course for inorganic chemists. The depth of the chapters is, as I've indicated, uneven. Chapter 1 (Ligand Field Theory...), for example, is beyond the level of most first-year chemistry graduate students, but will be a useful reference for more advanced students and seasoned investigators. Most of chapters 2, 3 and 4 (EPR, Mössbauer, and polarized electronic spectroscopies) and more accessible and very appropriate for graduate student beginners. I've not had occasion to study the remaining chapters (luminescence, laser, IR, Raman, resonance-Raman, photoelectron, X-ray absorption & EXAFS spectroscopies & Electronic Structure calculations) as closely, but most seem to be very well done.

One major complaint - with both the hardcover and paperback editions: the binding is GLUE! I borrowed a copy of this book from a colleague and a page fell out while scanning a figure for a class! Embarrassing and Annoying! There is no excuse for Wiley to produce books that aren't cheap so cheaply!
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