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Organic Synthesis (Oxford Chemistry Primers) [Paperback]

Christine L. Willis , Martin Wills
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January 18, 1996 0198557914 978-0198557913
This practical book uses a wide range of examples in a versatile approach to the design of effective syntheses. Retrosynthetic analysis--a method of identifying simple starting materials for a synthesis--is introduced with emphasis on the importance of bond polarity and functional group interconversions. The next section discusses how an effective route to a target molecule containing more than one functional group can be followed, while later chapters review methods for the control of chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectivity, and include a discussion of protecting groups. Finally, four syntheses of pyrrolidine alkaloids are compared using previously described principles.

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Editorial Reviews


`Any book that highlights the elegance of organic sythesis and gives a rational approach to the art will surely be welcomed with open arms; this is such a book.' Chemistry in Britain, March 1996

`A gentle introduction to the subject' Peter Budd, University of Manchester, New Scientist, March 1997

About the Author

Chris Willis and Martin Wills are both at the University of Bath.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Chemistry Primers (Book 31)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198557914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198557913
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 91-Page small masterpiece on a large topic March 14, 2008
Like many other items in this Oxford chemistry primers, this one is of particlar value among those heavy big volumes on this topic. As precise as it could be - 91 pages, it has covered all the major points of organic synthesis in terms of retrosynthesis analysis and selectivity, as well as representative published works. The authors also pay attention to touch on different reactions as many as possible - after all mastering reactions is a must for successful synthesis. The best feature is the logical presentation of the topic which allows the readers to actually enjoy reading without much difficulty - with gradual increase of depth to the final original publications. Of course such a volume is not intended for those who are very experienced in the art of organic synthesis. Rather, it could be very refreshing and helpful for the experienced ones to pick up this topic again after a while away from this field. Or it could serve as a valuable piece for an organic chemistry student prior to formal graduate level organic synthesis. Or test yourself if you understand all the material in this book - if the answer is yes, you should be a proud synthetic organic chemist already!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 4, 2013
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This book is excellent. It's college level chemistry but it might be good for some high school students with an interest in chemistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing guide to retrosynthesis March 28, 2013
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If you are struggling with organic chemistry, do yourself a favor and buy this primer! It helps with understanding the fundamentals of synthesis and will give you a much needed understanding on how to put together molecules.
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