Name Reactions: A Collection of Detailed Mechanisms and Synthetic Applications

Li, Jie Jack.  Name Reactions: A Collection of Detailed Mechanisms and Synthetic Applications, 5th ed.  Springer, Heidelberg, New York, NY. 2014. pp. 681 + xxii, ISBN 978-3-319-03979-4 (hardcover), $119.

This latest edition of the author’s series on named organic chemical reactions appears five years after the 4th edition. Twenty-seven reactions have been added and references to all reactions have been updated where appropriate. The references concentrate on reviews when available and the first reference listed also gives a brief biography of the inventor. Nobel Awardees are also noted. In addition to the classic reactions named for their inventor(s) (e.g., Diels-Alder), reactions are also named by type as subsections after the parent reaction (e.g. Hetero-Diels-Alder) and are so indexed. The index also lists reactions by type and category (e.g., oxidation, rearrangement, microwave-facilitated reactions). Reagents are also indexed including named reagents. The tradition of illustrating international stamps honoring Chemistry Nobelists has been continued.

Along with many organic synthesis chemists, my lab career involved name reactions from the beginning. The Diels-Alder reaction is still my favorite and was involved in a third of my thesis. Li has moved from industry (Pfizer) to academia (University of San Francisco) and has aimed this edition as a teaching tool for undergraduates. Highly recommended for chemistry students, both undergraduate and graduate and their supporting libraries as well as for chemistry professionals. Also available in an e-edition.

Bob Buntrock, Member, CINF Communications and Publications Committee 



Special Issues in Data Management
Editors: Norah Xiao, Leah Rae McEwen
Volume 1110
Sponsoring Division: ACS Division of Chemical Information
Publication Date (Web): November 15, 2012
Hardcover 22 March 2013, 184 Pages, $150 Oxford University Press

This book originated from the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting Chemical Information Division (CINF) Symposium entitled “Data Archiving, E-Science and Primary Data” in Anaheim, California on March 28, 2011. It was organized to “explore the challenges and opportunities of supporting e-science research and data management in research libraries” with particular interest in “current applications and practices and preparation opportunities for information professionals.” Only one author from the original symposium was able to contribute. With this interesting twist, the book now brings new and refreshing perspectives to the topic by authors from different sectors with diverse background and experience; researchers in science, information science and data management, librarians, and publishers.