Compendium of Organic Synthetic Methods / Edition 1

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Provides synthetic chemists with a method for rapid retrieval of information from the literature, listing material by reaction type rather than by author name or publication date. Each updated volume will present the latest synthetic methods for preparation of monofunctional and difunctional compounds. The organization is logical and easy to follow; sections are arranged according to the possible interconversions between the major functional groups. Enables synthetic chemists to keep abreast of recent developments and retrieve a specific piece of information quickly and easily.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...this series continues to be an important acquisition for practicing organic chemists and chemistry libraries." (Journal of Natural Products, 2003)
A reference that provides organic chemists with selective access to several thousand recipes of functional group transformations and carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. It also offers the opportunity to browse the recent literature for new reactions and transformations of interest. With 1,200 more entries than its predecessor, Volume 8 covers the literature from 1990 through 1992. It presents some 1,400 examples of published reactions for the preparation of monofunctional compounds and some 1,640 examples of reactions that prepare difunctional compounds with various functional groups. It also features 60 more reviews than Volume 7. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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The new volume of this series proceeds in the same manner as its predecessors, presenting about 1,750 examples of published reactions for the preparation of monofunctional and difunctional compounds. Covering the literature from 1996 to 1998, reactions are presented in order of year cited, but an effort has been made to present similar reactions together. Compounds covered include alkynes, acid derivatives, anhydrides, alcohols, aldehydes, alkyls, methylenes, aryls, amides, amines, esters, ethers, epoxides, thioethers, halides, sulfonates, hydrides, ketones, nitriles, alkenes, and oxides. Also included is an index allowing one to find examples by the name of the original author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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MICHAEL B. SMITH, PhD, is Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His research interests focus on developing asymmetric reactions based on manipulating chiral, nonracemic lactams. This work is applied to the development of new synthetic methods and the synthesis of polycyclic alkaloids with antitumor or antiviral activity. Dr. Smith was responsible for developing a new reagent for determining the enantiomeric composition of alcohols and amines bearing a chiral center.

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Table of Contents



Index, Monofunctional Compounds.

Index, Difunctional Compounds.


1. Preparation of Alkynes.

2. Preparation of Acid Derivatives and Anhydrides.

3. Preparation of Alcohols.

4. Preparation of Aldehydes.

5. Preparation of Alkyls, Methylenes and Aryls.

6. Preparation of Amides.

7. Preparation of Amines.

8. Preparation of Esters.

9. Preparation of Ethers, Epoxides and Thioethers.

10. Preparation of Halides and Sulfonates.

11. Preparation of Hydrides.

12. Preparation of Ketones.

13. Preparation of Nitriles.

14. Preparation of Alkenes.

15. Preparation of Oxides.

16. Preparation of Difunctional Compounds.

Author Index.

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