Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry

Series Editor:

  • Thomas Tidwell, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Edited by

  • John Richard, Department of Chemistry, University of Buffalo, NY, U.S.A.

Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry provides the chemical community with authoritative and critical assessments of the many aspects of physical organic chemistry. The field is a fast developing one, with results and methodologies finding application from biology to solid state physics.This latest volume deals comprehensively with investigations that can be traced back to the birth of the field but which are still proving critical to the understanding of the stability of organic molecules and the mechanisms for their reactions.
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For organic and physical chemists and biochemists.


Book information

  • Published: December 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-033537-4

Table of Contents


Quantitative thermodynamic criteria of stability in the gas phase. Definitions and experimental techniques. The specific case of carbocations.

Theoretical calculations.


Thermodynamics and structure of selected species. Carbocations C1 to C4. Aliphatic carbocations with more than five carbon atoms. Cyclic species without formal systems. Cyclopropyl-substituted carbonations. Secondary and tertiary carbocations derived from cage hydrocarbons. Carbenium ions with formal systems. Two-electron aromatic and homoaromatic ions. Six-electron aromatic ions. Phenyl-substituted carbocations.

Solution reactivity. Thermodynamic properties. Reaction kinetics.