Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

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Hosted on ScienceDirect-Elsevier Reference Modules include thousands of cross-references and links to the related book chapters and journal articles available to you on ScienceDirect, providing the full spectrum of the subject on one easy platform.

Trustworthy-Elsevier Reference Modules provide you with access to thousands of peer-reviewed articles from Elsevier's Major Reference Works along with articles exclusive to the Reference Module, selected and organized by an external expert Editorial Board for each subject.

Discoverable- Selected articles are organized into an intuitive subject hierarchy designed by each module’s Editorial Board. They are easy to navigate and search within, helping you quickly find essential information and understand the interdisciplinary links between topics.

Current-The Editorial Board continuously reviews the module, ensuring it covers the most significant recent developments in the field. Time stamps mark the date of the most recent review or update. New content is commissioned for the Reference Module as necessary to ensure its currency and breadth of coverage. As relevant Reference Works are published, selected articles are added at no additional cost.

Numbers at a glance

  • 4,900+ articles from 24 Elsevier Reference Works
  • 4,100 contributors
  • 12 editorial board members
  • 50,000 images
  • Over 1,300 new articles added since December 2013

Jan Reedijk

"The interdisciplinary concept enables search in new and emerging areas. It remains up to date, with dates of updates visible to users. This should be accessible to all chemists entering new specialties or updating their knowledge". Jan Reedijk - Editor in Chief for Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering - Leiden University, The Netherlands

Bernt Krebs

"Being a frequent reader of the various large Elsevier encyclopedias in the chemical sciences, I have learned how essential and useful the many excellent articles are for every active scientist. The idea of the publisher to bring together this multitude of sources into an easily accessible and searchable module is definitely the right idea to secure this comprehensive science resource for the future". Bernt Krebs - Editorial Board Member - University of Munster, Germany

View the complete list and biographies of the Editorial Board for the Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

With continuously updated articles from the following Elsevier Major Reference Works:

  • Comprehensive Chemometrics
  • Comprehensive Chirality
  • Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Glycoscience
  • Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry, 3rd Edition
  • Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry
  • Comprehensive Natural Products II: Chemistry and Biology
  • Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations
  • Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Organic Synthesis
  • Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry
  • Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry, 3rd Edition
  • Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation
  • Encyclopedia of Analytical Science, 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology
  • Encyclopedia of Separation Science
  • Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, 2nd Edition

Plus new articles exclusively commissioned for the Reference Module!

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