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3rd Edition

Organic Chemist's Desk Reference

ISBN 9781498734011
Published August 9, 2017 by CRC Press
314 Pages 215 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Launched in 1995 as a companion to the Dictionary of Organic Compounds, the Organic Chemist’s Desk Reference has been essential reading for laboratory chemists who need a succinct guide to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of organic chemistry — the literature, nomenclature, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, hazard information, and laboratory data. This third edition reflects changes in the dissemination of chemical information, revisions to chemical nomenclature, and the adoption of new techniques in NMR spectroscopy, which have taken place since publication of the last edition in 2011. Organic chemistry embraces many other disciplines — from material sciences to molecular biology — whose practitioners will benefit from the comprehensive but concise information brought together in this book. Extensively revised and updated, this new edition contains the very latest data that chemists need access to for experimentation and research.

Table of Contents

The Organic Chemistry Literature
Abstracting and Other Current Awareness Services
Principal Electronic Dictionaries and Chemical Compound Databases
Reference Works and Review Series
Patent Literature on the Web

Primary Journals
Electronic Sources for Chemistry Journals
Leading Publishers of Chemistry Journals and Chemical Information

Nomenclature Fundamentals
IUPAC Nomenclature
General Principles of Nomenclature
Chemical Abstracts (CAS) Nomenclature
Types of Name
Constructing a Systematic Name
Azo and Azoxy Compounds
Tautomeric Compounds
Nomenclature Algorithms

Nomenclature of Ring Systems
Ring Systems (General)
Bridged Ring Systems
Heterocyclic Ring Systems
Spiro Compounds
Ring Assemblies
Ring Fusion Names

The Sequence Rule: R and S
Graphical and Textual Representations of Stereochemistry
Chiral Molecules with No Centres of Chirality
E and Z
The d,l-System
Descriptors and Terms Used in Stereochemistry

Graphical Representation of Organic Compounds
Zigzag Natta Projection

Structure and Nomenclature of Some Individual Classes of Compounds
Alditols and Cyclitols
Amino Acids and Peptides
Nucleotides and Nucleosides
Organoboron Compounds
Organophosphorus (and Organoarsenic) Compounds
Labelled Compounds

Infrared and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
Infrared Spectroscopy
Ultraviolet Spectroscopy

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Common Nuclei Used in NMR
Chemical Shift Data
Coupling Constants
Modern NMR Techniques for Structural Elucidation of Small Molecules
Determination of Structure by a Combination of IR and NMR

Mass Spectrometry
Ionisation Techniques and Mass Spectrometer Systems
Interpreting Mass Spectra and Molecular Mass
Sample Introduction and Solvent Systems for Electrospray Mass Spectrometry
Common Adducts and Contaminants in Mass Spectra
MALDI Matrices
Fragment Ions and Neutral Losses
Natural Abundance and Isotopic Masses of Selected Isotopes and Nuclear Particles
Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms Commonly Used in Mass Spectrometry

Crystallographic Point Groups
Space Groups
Reciprocal Lattice
Examples of Organic Crystals
CIF Data Format
Bragg’s Law and the X-ray Spectrum
Crystal Specimen Preparation for X-ray Analysis

Chemical Hazard Information for the Laboratory
Hazard and Risk Assessment
Physical and Reactive Chemical Hazards
Health Hazards of Chemicals
Handling and Storage of Chemicals
Hazardous Reaction Mixtures
Disposal of Chemicals
Peroxide-Forming Chemicals
Reactive Inorganic Reagents Including Strong Acids and Bases
COSHH Assessments for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Further Literature Sources of Hazard Information

Abbreviations and Acronyms for Reagents and Protecting Groups in Organic Chemistry

Glossary of Miscellaneous Terms and Techniques Used in Nomenclature, Including Colloquial Terms

Representation of Organic Compounds: Molecular Formulae, CAS Registry Numbers and Linear Notations
Molecular Formulae
CAS Registry Numbers
Simplified Molecular-Input Line-Entry System

Laboratory Data and SI Units
Buffer Solutions
Acid and Base Dissociation Constants
Resolving Agents
Freezing Mixtures
Materials Used for Heating Baths
Drying Agents
Properties of Common Gases
Pressure–Temperature Nomograph
SI Units
Further Reading on SI Units

German–English Dictionary
Russian and Greek Alphabets


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"This is the third edition of an extremely useful book which fully lives up to its title. The authors are to be congratulated on producing an extremely useful reference book which will be of value not just to the organic chemist but also to all those in disciplines ranging from materials science to biological, environmentaland medical sciences. I can strongly recommend this book. Its ‘migratoryaptitude’ from the desk of its owner will be high."

— James Hanson, Science Progress (2018)/ 101(1), 92-94