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Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry: the Synthesis, Reactions, Properties, and Applications of Coordination Compounds, vol. 3, Main Group and Early 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 5: Late Transition Elements. Edited by Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson (Pergamon Press, Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, New York 10523, 1987. 1258 pp. US$2450 for 7 volumes).

This volume contains information on nickel, palladium, platinum, copper, silver, gold, zinc, cadmium, and mercury. Some of the chapters are books in themselves. Sacconi, Main, and Bencini review the chemistry of nickel in 350 pages and provide more than 3000 references to the original literature. Hathaway requires only a little less space (240 pp) for copper. As in the other volumes, each author in the present volume adopts a slightly different approach to organizing and presenting the data, but the detailed table of contents for each chapter allows ready access to the information. Topics covered include stereochemistry and bonding in each oxidation state, crystal structures, spectroscopic data, magnetic and other physical properties, and syntheses and chemical reactions. The tabular presentation of data is a particularly useful feature.

The formula index is designed for inorganic chemists - inorganic elements are given first, followed by C and H, then other elements in alphabetical order. Also, there are multiple listings in the formula index: the trimethylarsine complex of mercury (II) appears both as [As.sub.2][HgC.sub.6][H.sub.18] and as [HgAs.sub.2][C.sub.6][H.sub.18].

This series will be indispensible to inorganic and coordination chemists, and should be acquired by every library.
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Author:Richardson, Mary Frances
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Date:Feb 1, 1990
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