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Nitrosation. By C.L.H. Williams (Cambridge University Press, 32 East 57th Street, New York 10022, 1988. 212 pp. US $49.50). Nitrosation reactions have been known for many years. Some are well-known, but not well-investigated except for preparative purposes; others have been extensively studied with a view to elucidating reaction mechanisms. This well-researched monograph comes to us from an author who has been actively involved in nitrosation research for anumber of years and who has made significant contributions.

The book covers reagents involved in nitrosation, nitrosation of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur, and finally nitrosation involving metal complexes. Nitroso-compounds are discussed primarily in respect of their reactions as nitrosating agents; carcinogenic behaviour of nitrosoamines receives particular comment. The perspective is that of a physical organic chemist, and one is constantly reminded of the information that can be gleaned from kinetic studies for probing reaction mechanisms. Information is carefully interpreted; areas needing further study are pointed out. This is a book which balances the mechanistic and preparative aspects of the subject and which is up to date. It is primarily of interest to physical and synthetic organic chemists, but inorganic and analytical chemists may also read it with profit. M.S. Gibson Brock University
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Author:Gibson, M.S.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1989
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