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Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry: The Synthesis, Reactions, Properties, and Applications of Coordination Compounds, vol 5, Late Transition Elements.

Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry: The Synthesis, Reactions, Properties, and Applications of Coordination Compounds.

Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry: The Synthesis, Reactions, Properties, and Applications of Coordination Compounds. Volume 3: Main Group and Early Transition Elements. Volume 4: Middle Transition Elements. Edited by Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson (Pergamon Press, Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, New York 10523, 1987. 1601 pp. (Vol. 3); 1405 pp. (Vol. 4) US$2450 for 7 volumes).

Volumes 1, 2, and 6 of this series are concerned with ligands and with the theory and applications of metal complexes, and Volume 7 contains comprehensive indices. Volumes 3, 4, and 5 are dedicated to the coordination chemistry of specific elements. Coordination chemistry is broadly defined so that not only are the classical Werner-type complexes considered, but also species such as polyoxoanions, polymeric complexes with metal-metal bonding, and donor-acceptor complexes with compounds such as [BF.sub.3].

Volume 3 covers the main group elements in groups 13-18 except for C, N, O, F, and the lighter noble gases. Also in this volume are chapters on the lanthanides, the actinides, and the transition elements in groups 4-6. Iso-and heteropolyanions garner a separate chapter, which is appropriate given their structural and chemical similarities. In Volume 4 the chemistries of Mn, Tc, Re, Fe, Ru, Os, Co, Rh, and Ir are discussed. The chapters are written by leading workers in the field and present a comprehensive review of the data available.

The material on each element or set of elements is usually organized according to ligand donor site or oxidation state of the central atom. Syntheses and reactions are described, and physical, structural, and spectroscopic properties are given, often in tabular form. The figures and tables are excellent. Referencing appears to be complete through 1985, with occasional later citations. Each volume contains subject and formula indices for that volume. This series fulfills its promise of providing the most detailed account available of present-day coordination chemistry, and belongs in all major libraries.
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Author:Richardson, Mary Frances
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