The features of this book which will be of special interest to academic organic chemists are the introduction (Chapter 1), which presents a short course on the concepts and language of heterogeneous catalysis, covers organic reaction mechanisms of hydrogenation (Chapter 2), hydrogenolysis (Chapter 4), and oxidation (Chapter 6), a presents problems and solutions specific for running heterogeneous catalytic organic reactions in solution. These materials can supplement advanced chemistry courses. Most synthetic organic chemists use a variety of "protecting groups" which they attach to functional groups (reactive groups of atoms) while some reaction is being conducted on another part of the molecule. These protecting groups prevent reactions of the functional groups during other reactions and are removed later by a heterogeneous catalytic method called hydrogenolysis. One unique feature of this book, not found in other books on catalysis, is an exhaustive chapter (Chapter 4) on hydrogenolysis, which is dredged from the recent synthetic literature published by modern organic chemists. Academic organic chemists should find this chapter extremely useful and may wish to adopt the book as a supplement for advanced organic chemistry courses designed for seniors and for graduate students. It will also be useful for professors and their research groups engaged in synthetic organic chemistry. Many academic organic chemists are not aware of recent advances in heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis (Chapter 3) or in selective low temperature, liquid phase heterogeneous catalytic oxidations by hydrogen peroxide (Chapter 6). These specialty topics are timely and may be new to academic organic chemists and can be used to supplement their advanced courses. Several features of this book will also be of special interest to industrial chemists who are unfamiliar with heterogeneous catalysis. Many good or

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Written by organic chemists for organic chemists * Introduces heterogeneous catalysis concepts and language * Presents a comprehensive compilation of protecting group removal procedures * Covers liquid-phase hydrogenations, hydrogenolysis, and oxidations * Addresses heterogeneous methods for producing pure enantiomers of chiral products * Examines the emerging field of heterogenized homogeneous catalysts * Mixes practical applications with mechanistic interpretations


Industrial and academic organic chemists, as well as catalytic researchers (chemists and chemical engineers). Graduate-level chemistry and chemical engineering students.


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About the authors

Gerard Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, U.S.A.

Ferenc Notheisz

Affiliations and Expertise

Jozsef Attila University, Hungary


"This is a book I would recommend research students involved in heterogeneous catalysis to read an early stage, but it's style means that it will be of value to a much broader audience, including anyone with an interest in catalysis." @source:--CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN, Vol. 35, No. 12, December 1999