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Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis [Paperback]

Laszlo Kurti , Barbara Czako
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March 18, 2005 0124297854 978-0124297852 1
Kurti and Czako have produced an indispensable tool for specialists and non-specialists in organic chemistry. This innovative reference work includes 250 organic reactions and their strategic use in the synthesis of complex natural and unnatural products. Reactions are thoroughly discussed in a convenient, two-page layout--using full color. Its comprehensive coverage, superb organization, quality of presentation, and wealth of references, make this a necessity for every organic chemist.

* The first reference work on named reactions to present colored schemes for easier understanding
* 250 frequently used named reactions are presented in a convenient two-page layout with numerous examples
* An opening list of abbreviations includes both structures and chemical names
* Contains more than 10,000 references grouped by seminal papers, reviews, modifications, and theoretical works
* Appendices list reactions in order of discovery, group by contemporary usage, and provide additional study tools
* Extensive index quickly locates information using words found in text and drawings

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Editorial Reviews


" other book covers the subject of named reactions in such an up-to-date and comprehensive way, ranging from mechanisms to applications. Despite it's minor weaknesses, I recommend this book most emphatically to interested chemists as a work of reference and source of inspiration." -Siegfried R. Waldvogel, University of Bonn, Germany, in ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE, WOL. 44, 2005 "This book is outstanding in every way, being polished in presentation, sufficiently detailed in explaining the reactions, and possessing almost encyclopedic indexing and referencing." -JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION "The book would be invaluable to many chemists, students, professors and industrial chemists. Not only will it serve as a text for name reactions, but it is also a review of important mechanisms and an invaluable reference book...It will definitely have a place in the collection of books that are used regularly by all chemists." -Madeleine Joullie, University of Pennsylvania "It is an impressive modern treatise of many important chemical reactions; it was created with great care, and I congratulate the authors on the outstanding contribution that they are making to the literature of organic chemistry...There are several books on 'named reactions', but this one is already my favorite..." -Erik Sorensen, Princeton University, from the Foreword "Beyond introducing the fundamental chemical conversion typical for venerable organic name reaction, this text excels by a clear coverage of mechanisms and superb contemporary examples including an extensive and uptodate list of references." -Peter Wipf, University of Pittsburgh "The vast wealth of information so effectively compiled in this colorful text will not only prove to be extraordinarily useful to students and practitioners of the art of chemical synthesis, but will also help facilitate the shaping of its future as it moves forward into ever higher levels of complexity, diversity and efficiency." -K.C. Nicolaou, from the Introduction "This extraordinary book was written especially for students by graduate students, but it is far more professional. Named reactions and processes are very important to the field of synthetic organic chemistry, and this book contains 250 of them. This book greatly advances the description of both the art and science of chemical synthesis. Suitable for anyone concerned with organic synthesis. Summing up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. -R.E. Buntrock, formerly, University of Maine, CHOICE, Sep. 2006, Vol. 44 No. 01

"The book version was already popular for its concise and masterful presentation of the most commonly used named reactions in organic chemistry, but immediate access to this valuable source at your fingertips is only one of many benefits that make the app version more appealing than the printed one. In many ways the app platform has allowed the book to come alive with the addition of several useful interactive and search features. The features that have made the textbook so popular are excellently translated to the app version. Clever colour mapping helps the reader to follow each reaction and its proposed mechanism, and? the authors' thoughtfully selected synthetic applications are just as successful as they were for the book. It is in the reference section where new advances have been made by adding a clickable DOI link for each publication, thus enabling the user to go directly to the primary source. Not surprisingly, the small iPhone screen poses challenges for displaying certain busy overview and mechanism in a way that is comfortable to read and view. This challenge is nicely solved by allowing the user to zoom in at will by simply tapping twice on the image they wish to view more closely. This app is absolutely fantastic and a must-have companion for synthetic organic chemists. "--Nature Chemistry, Vol. 4, August 2012

Book Description

The most advanced organic reaction reference work ever written, including 250 extensive color reactions, hundreds of examples and thousands of references, in an organized user-friendly format.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124297854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124297852
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for an organic chemist's book-shelf!!! March 17, 2005
Learning organic chemistry has always been about acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of chemical behavior and with this as the backdrop, to consider the principles, theoretical and mechanistical basis of the subject. In this context, the named reactions in organic chemistry provide one with a historical feel for the subject, is an easy tool to remember the myriad functional group transformations and thus create a love for this fascinating chemistry.

When I saw this book by Laszlo and Barbara, I was just amazed at the amount of labor that has gone into producing, what I believe, is one of the finest books ever written on named reactions in organic chemistry. It is not just another name reactions book, as it can also be considered a reaction mechanisms book, since the authors have drawn out elaborately, the mechanistic schemes / reaction pathways for every single reaction and you wouldn't believe, it lists a multitude of 250 named reactions! What strikes me most is that this book can cater to anybody, from an undergraduate who is trying to learn and love the art of Organic chemistry to a graduate student who is trying to learn complicated reaction mechanisms and also to chemists with a MS or PhD who want to strategically apply these in synthetic reactions.

One of the many salient points of this book, which I really liked, is the way references have been treated. It has been classified into reviews, seminal publications and applications. So a reader doesn't have to delve through a large number of refs in the library and find out what he likes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read as well as reference March 11, 2006
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Let me preface this review with: I have a huge library of chemistry related books, of which books relating to name reactions has a prominent footprint. With that said, this is one of the most readable of its kind. Before this, I enjoyed the Jie-Jack Li name reaction book. However, as with all of them, it was just a reference manual. Kurti's, however, is a well thought out "text" with background on each reaction and color coded mechanisms. It is an excellent book for both beginners and PI's. Sick as it may sound, I actually purchsed a second copy for home as well as the office. My conclusion is that this is one of maybe 3 name reaction books that make a complete reference set.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST book on the subject "Named Reactions" August 12, 2005
Other books on this subject often are equal and contain the same amount of information : a very short mecanism and a list of 5-6 references. That's all, so you have to search the references in order to have more information.

This book works completely differently : there is an "historical introduction" - often very instructive because the discovery was unintended - then a complete mechanism and a illustration of the reaction as a key step in a recent synthesis. This last point is very valuable because it shows all the importance of the concerned reaction. Finally the references are classified between articles, reviews, books, ... So it's very useful to find quickly the best reference ...

In a word it's really an excellent book and it's worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book is an outstanding work of scholarship and I completely agree with EJ Corey's review. The coverage of the 250 named reactions, especially the background, explanations, and supporting literature is encyclopedic. The presenation of the information is excellent, but suffers from a major problem.

Unless you have access to a 32-bit machine DO NOT purchase this version. MicroSoft offers a patch that Windows 7 (64-bit) users can download to enable software products written for XP and Vista to be run. I've had mixed success with getting the patch to run these older software apps in the 64 bit environment.

The bottom line is: Buy the paperback version at half the cost of this edition, or make friends with a Vista or XP machine owner.

I checked with Amazona and Elsevier for warnings about this compatibility issue. Both companies admitted that none had been made public. The IT help group at Elsevier were, of course, aware of the issue but offered no different solutions than downloading the MS patch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't buy this version April 11, 2008
Absolutely excellent book!!! but make sure you spend the extra money on the hard cover. I bought the paperback and used it for a grad level total synthesis class and after two weeks the book completely fell apart. I now have a very useful stack of papers instead of a very useful book. I even emailed the publisher about it and got no response. i would try and boycott the book but it's just too good to live without. I recommend the hard cover instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It. September 18, 2007
To put it shortly, if you're an organic chemistry graduate student the just go ahead and buy this book. It will be the most used book in your personal library. Also, if you are an undergraduate working in a research lab buy it as well. You'll have a huge jump on the other graduate students when you go to grad school having been familiar with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable reference source of organic chemistry September 6, 2007
The Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis is constitute the largest group of organic compounds and are becoming ever more important in all aspects of strategic applications in mechanic of action organic synthesis in detail.hence,I read repeatly.I promoted to the organic chemistry from this text book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible organization
The most amazing and well organized organic reaction book! Love it!
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This was by far the best resource for learning named reactions while I was in graduate school. The reactions are organized by name, a quick history of the reaction, with detailed... Read more
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This books makes it easy for referencing reactions as well as learning new ones with a target functional group index in the back. Read more
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I would recommend this book for someone who has taken orgo I and II and either (1) working in a synthetic organic chemistry research lab or (2) taking a more advanced organic... Read more
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Its a great book, there's no doubt about it. For any graduate student doing his or her course in synthesis and there's a book that you HAVE to buy discussing the synthetic utility,... Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Raghu
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful book
Synthetic chemists honestly need this book. Very helpful as a good reference book for the applications of named reactions. This book will forever be relevant.
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This is a book that any organic chemist should own
Is a great reference book
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