Our understanding of carbene chemistry has advanced dramatically, especially in the last decade, and new developments continue to emerge. Some of the recent exciting findings have been collected in the first and second volumes of Advances in Carbene Chemistry. With the third volume, the series continues to provide a periodic coverage of carbene chemistry in its broadest sense.
Beginning as chemical curiosities, carbenes are now solidly established as reactive intermediates with fascinating and productive research areas of their own. Five decades of divalent carbon chemistry have provided us with a vast repertoire of new, unusual, and surprising reactions. Some of those reactions, once classified as exotic, have become standard methods in organic synthesis. These highly reactive carbene species have been harnessed and put to work to achieve difficult synthetic tasks other reactive intermediates cannot easily perform.
The fruitful relationship between experiment and theory has pushed carbene chemistry further toward the direction of reaction control; that is, regio- and stereoselectivity in intra- and intermolecular addition and insertion reactions. The interplay between experiment and modern spectroscopy has led to the characterization of many carbenes that are crucial to both an understanding and further development of this field.
For all chemists interested in carbenes (divalent carbon species)
Chapter headings. Preface (U.H. Brinker). Carbene Protonation (W. Kirmse). Kinetics of Intramolecular Carbene Reactions (D.C. Merrer, R.A. Moss). Carbenes in Matrices - Spectroscopy, Structure and Photochemical Behaviour (G.Maier, H.P.Reisenauer). Reactions of 2,5-Cyclohexadienylidenes Investigated by Direct Spectroscopic Methods (W. Sander, H.F. Bettinger). Differences between Phenylcarbene and Phenylnitrene and the Ring Expansion Reactions they Undergo (W.L. Karney, W.T. Borden). Photoacoustic Calorimetry of Carbenes (J.L.Goodman). Some Aspects of the Carbene Bridgehead-Olefin Carbene Rearrangement (G. Szeimies). Insertion of Carbenes into C-H Bonds of Alkoxides (A.Oku, T.Harada). Index.
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Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Wien, Wien, Austria
"...the third volume of a valuable series on carbene chemistry. Continuing the tradition of previous volumes, a number of leading researchers in the field have written chapters...this useful volume provides important examples of the application of techniques of modern physical organic chemistry to be the study of a significant reactive intermediate... Of great value is an appendix containing an extensive compilation of rate constants and activation barriers." --Journal of the American Chemical Society