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Carboranes Second Edition is designed as a comprehensive source of information in a field that has experienced enormous growth in both its fundamental and applied aspects in the four decades since the publication of Carboranes (1970). During this long period thousands of original research papers have appeared, along with many review articles and book chapters dealing with aspects of carborane chemistry. As carborane science has grown in complexity, and applications have advanced steadily in areas such as medicine, nanostructured and electroactive materials, catalysis, polymers, and others, the need for a monograph covering the entire area in a unified treatment has become increasingly apparent.
This volume has two principal objectives, the first of which is to provide a readable and concise introduction to the basic principles underlying the synthesis, structures, reactivity, and applications of carboranes and metallacarboranes at a level suitable for readers in industry and academe who are not trained in boron chemistry but find themselves working with, or lecturing about carboranes. Secondly, the book furnishes a trove of detailed information for workers active in carborane science and associated technologies. To that end, it incorporates tables listing thousands of specific compounds keyed to literature references (supplemented by additional information available on a website), together with more than 2,000 molecular structure drawings that illuminate the accompanying discussion. Thorough treatment of the synthesis, structures, and reactions of carboranes, heterocarboranes, and metallacarboranes in the first 13 chapters is followed by four chapters detailing advances in practical applications in polymer science, catalysis, medicine, and other areas.


For readers in industry and academia who are not trained in boron chemistry but find themselves teaching or working with carboranes and for workers active in carborane science and associated technologies.

Hardbound, 1139 Pages

Published: March 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374170-7


  • "In recent years, carborane chemistry has been experiencing a major surge of interest across a wide spectrum of technologies fueled by developing applications in such diverse areas as medicine, nanoscale engineering, catalysis, and metal recovery from radioactive waste. Consequently, this book on carborane chemistry is very welcome. The scope of carborane chemistry has expanded considerably since the first edition was published in 1970; 17 chapters—totaling approximately 1100 pages in length as opposed to 272 in the original— are now required to provide a comprehensive account of modern carborane chemistry. Extensive tables, many of which are many pages long, of all known carboranes as well as complete lists of references to the literature are provided, with several chapters including more than 1000 references. A concise overview of the material in each chapter is provided at the beginning. These overviews give the reader a very useful summary of the extensive material covered…This book is a valuable and comprehensive guide to carborane chemistry. I highly recommend it for any scientific library or laboratory involved in carborane chemistry."--Journal of the American Chemical Society by R. Bruce King, University of Georgia

    "This is both a timely and timeless book. I have two
copies, one in the lab for the students and postdocs and one in my office, and I recommend it unreservedly to anyone with any interest in these beautiful and unique compounds."--Chemistry World


  • Ch. 1. Introduction and History

    Ch. 2. Structures and Bonding

    Ch. 3. Synthesis and Reactivity: An Overview

    Ch. 4. Small Carboranes: Four- to Six-Vertex Clusters

    Ch. 5. Intermediate Carboranes: Seven- to Nine-Vertex Clusters

    Ch. 6. Ten-Vertex Clusters

    Ch. 7. Eleven-Vertex Clusters

    Ch. 8. Icosahedral Carboranes: Closo-CB11H12-

    Ch. 9. Icosahedral Carboranes: 1,2-C2B10H12

    Ch. 10. Icosahedral Carboranes: 1,7-C2B10H12 and 1,12-C2B10H12

    Ch. 11. Open 12-Vertex and Supra-Icosahedral Carboranes

    Ch. 12. Heteroatom Carboranes of the Main Group Elements

    Ch. 13. Metallacarboranes of the Transition and Lanthanide Elements

    Ch. 14. Carborane Polymers and Dendrimers

    Ch. 15. Carboranes in Catalysis

    Ch. 16. Carboranes in Medicine

    Ch. 17. Carboranes in Other Applications

    References and indexes


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