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Bromine Compounds: Chemistry and Applications.

Bromine Compounds: Chemistry and Applications Edited by D. Price, B. Iddon, and B.J. Wakefield (Elsevier Science Publishing Inc., P.O. Box 1663, Grand Central Station, New York 10163, 422 pp, 1988, US$150.00). The First International Conference on the Chemistry and Applications of Bromine and its Compounds was held at the University of Salford in September, 1986. This book, comprising major chapters by the plenary lecturers as well as short chapters presenting accounts of some very recent research, is one of the outcomes of that conference.

Following the introductory review (chapter 1), the material to be covered is an eclectic mixture of topics that will interest chemists and technologists alike. For the latter, there are chapters dealing with bromine-containing fire retardants, and brine composition requirements for use in oil and gas wells; the final chapter reviews the history and the prospects for the bromine chemical industry. For the chemists, chapters are devoted to brominated aliphatic, aromatic, and heteroaromatic compounds. Ample attention is given to reaction mechanisms, and to new reaction mechanisms, and to new reactions and techniques. One chapter is an up-to-date review of brominated marine natural products.

Without question, the volume is timely. As the editors point out, the last major monograph on bromine and its compounds dates from 1966. The editors are further to be commended on a high standard of editing and production from camera-ready copy, the book being a model of what can be accomplished in this way.
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Author:Gibson, M.S.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1989
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