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e-Patai concocts the perfect formula: mixing the respected chemistry reference books with searchable electronic access has stirred up a potent solution to suit everyone's tastes.


The landmark book series--Patai's Chemistry of Functional Groups--is now available as a fully searchable electronic major reference resource. STM publisher Wiley has taken the traditional book format into the online world, aptly called e-Patai.

A 21st century facelift turns the series into a fully searchable major online reference resource with additional functionality and search facilities.

For information professionals including students, chemistry researchers, academics and industry-based organic chemists the world over, the Patai series has long been synonymous with reliable expert opinion. But what a difference adding the "e" makes. Now, the long-standing reference work can provide labs and libraries around the globe with instant access to a wealth of invaluable content--straight to their desktop.

Patai's Chemistry of Functional Groups was founded in 1964 by the late Professor Saul Patai and has been widely used by chemists ever since. As one of the discipline's most highly respected book series, each volume covers all aspects of the chemistry of an important functional group, with the emphasis on not only the group but also its relation to the molecule as a whole.

Coverage ranges from physical organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and techniques, and reaction mechanisms to chapters on synthetic pathways, reactions and strategies as well as applications in drug discovery, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry and molecular biology. Its comprehensive nature sets it apart from organic chemistry databases and more basic resources in functional group chemistry.


Professor Scott Denmark from University of Illinois said: "The Patai series is the definitive resource and my first choice when I want to learn something about a functional group; it is the genome of functional groups".

Patai is renowned for its leading contributors from the field of organic chemistry, such as eminent chemists and even Nobel laureates George Olah, Jean-Marie Lehn and E J Corey.

But it is important that an influential and classic information resource is provided through a current and effective medium. That's why the online version of Patai, with all the original characteristics, is the right tool in the right form.

e-Patai comes in two sets. The first--the electronic major reference work (eMRW)--contains all the volumes published since 1996. This amounts to 21 volumes of over 27,000 pages.

Secondly, to facilitate the work of the researcher, librarian and chemistry academic, its historical content, from 1964 to 1995, will be available as an online book series. The historical series will contain 86 volumes--that's 70,000 pages available as PDFs with downloadable references.

Together, the historical content in the online book series and the constantly updated eMRW section makes e-Patai one of the biggest electronic reference resource ever launched.


Library and information organisations can buy the e-MRW and online book series as a single package to have complete online access to everything Patai. Bought separately, the eMRW costs $14,000 ([pounds sterling]8,917) and the the online book series $19,750 ([pounds sterling]12,580).

The resource comes with features such as alphanumeric searching, browse by table of contents or topic and cross-referencing. Topics and the content of the volumes are listed in its homepage. These, ranging from analytical, biological and organic chemistry to physical and industrial chemistry, show the breadth of content available in e-Patai. The resource also allows researchers to make comparisons across functional groups, which was difficult with the physical books.

The publisher has committed to update e-Patai twice a year with material on new functional groups, adding the equivalent of two volumes a year. This ensures info pros will have the most recent information on functional groups at their fingertips.

Each volume of the series contains detailed information on the chemistry of a functional group. Topics cover the general, theoretical and computational aspects of the functional group such as quantum chemical treatment, structural and conformational chemistry and thermochemistry.

Other topics include characteristics of functional groups covering both qualitative and quantitative methods of determination; the formation of the functional group and the reactions, transformations, and rearrangements which the functional group can undergo; photochemistry, radiation chemistry, biochemical formation or classic synthesis and catalysis; the biological aspects in both biochemistry and molecular biology as well as its application in medicinal chemistry, drug development and discovery; and data and reviews on important industrial applications in fields such as polymers, materials and nano-materials.

They also carry the year of publication and special topics with short reviews on related functional groups on which no separate volume is planned.

Users can go directly to the topic of their choice by following the link and explore the subject, conduct searches and even follow references in papers. With tools such as advanced search and acronym finder, it also enables users to browse by product type--databases, journals, collections, online books and protocols.

Thoughtfully complied by Wiley, each subject and journal carries its ISBN number, abstract, author profile and basic details, allowing professionals to sift through quickly and make important notes and discoveries

Advanced postgraduates, researchers and academics will like the resource's concentration on important recent developments in functional group chemistry that have not been adequately covered by reviewers or other secondary sources. It is also useful to biochemists and pharmaceutical and medicinal chemists and as well as more junior researchers and students working on projects in organic and medicinal chemistry.


e-Patai is edited by three professors, Zvi Rappoport, Joel F Liebman and Ilan Marek.

Rappoport, a professor at the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem who worked for many years with Saul Patai, has edited 50 volumes. Liebman, a professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland, has edited several volumes and contributed chapters to over 25 volumes, as well as editing 17 other books. And Marek, who has edited several volumes of the series, holds a chair in chemistry at Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

By making the powerful series electronic, Wiley provides crucial information to advanced post graduates, senior researchers or organic chemists and also to biochemists, medicinal chemists, inorganic and physical chemists and scientists in a modern and accessible medium.



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With its critical and up-to-date information, e-Patai is a must for any chemical library. Organic chemists will have accessed the traditional Patai series so this current, online and cross-searchable resource is something they won't want to be without
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