Profiles in Inorganic Chemistry

Landmarks in Organo-Transition Metal Chemistry

A Personal View

Authors: Werner, Helmut

  • First presentation of the significant contributions of Fischer and Werner to inorganic chemistry

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"This book is a little treasure. It will become indispensable reading for those interested in organometallic chemistry and the profound impact that this area of research has had in the chemical sciences and the chemical industry. In an extraordinarily well-documented manner, the book presents the historical development of organometallic chemistry from the early 19th century until the present. It is written in an elegant, readable style and at the same time with great scientific rigor. The historical notes that pervade every chapter are very effective at capturing the attention of the reader and will be especially useful for students, who should be exposed to this side of chemistry. Both researchers and university teachers alike will find Landmarks in Organo-Transition Metal Chemistry: A Personal View a very useful companion."
-Ernesto Carmona, Instituto de Investigaciones Quimicas, University of Seville

"Professor Werner has produced a scholarly volume full of fascinating facts and insights into many of the key developments and episodes in the growth of our knowledge of organometallic chemistry. Stories of the development of experimental and theoretical topics are presented and interwoven with an insight attributable to the extensive personal knowledge and experiences of the author. I recommend this book as a valuable contribution to scholarship and as a jolly good read."
-Malcolm L.H. Green, FRS, Department of Chemistry, Oxford University

About the authors

As an undergraduate student, Helmut Werner worked for his Diploma Thesis with Franz Hein, one of the giants of coordination chemistry in Germany from 1920 to 1960, and obtained his Ph. D. in the laboratory of Ernst Otto Fischer, one of the great heros of organo-transition metal chemistry in the latter half of the twentieth century. He prepared the first borazine-metal complexes, isolated the chemical Big Mac, promoted the concept of metal basicity, investigated the chemistry of metalla-cumulenes and, most recently, discovered a new bonding mode for tertiary phosphines, arsines and stibines. He held academic positions at the Technical University of Munich, the University of Zürich and the University of Würzburg, and from 1990-2001 was the Chairman of an Interdisciplinary Research Unit in organometallic chemistry.

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From the reviews:

“An account of major (and many minor) discoveries and aspects of organotransition metal chemistry from a personal and historical perspective. … this book being primarily of interest to advanced level students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and practicing chemists, particularly in the inorganic and, to a lesser extent, organic fields. It could be a useful and unique resource for courses in the inorganic and organometallic areas because of its historical and biographical information and perspectives. I found it well-written, interesting, and enjoyable reading.” (Kenneth M. Nicholas, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 86 (12), December, 2009)

"Landmarks in Organo-Transition Metal Chemistry – A Personal View … is a very informative and exciting account of the historical development of organo-transition-metal chemistry from the 19th century up to the present. … It is not only the comprehensive description … of organo-transition-metal compounds that makes this book so valuable for chemists and advanced students, but also the many references to original publications, the descriptive figures, and the scores of images … that make the book by Helmut Werner so valuable, worth reading, and unique." (Alexander Filippou, Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 48, 2009)

"In a book that is neither wholly text nor wholly biographical, the reader is taken on a journey through the history of organometallic chemistry. Necessarily focusing on some areas in which the author has personally conducted research, the book is full of fascinating insights into the development of one of the largest subdivisions of chemistry. Despite the wealth of content, the book is remarkably easy to read and emphasizes the rapid growth of the subject area and the influence it has had on chemistry, both in the past and continuing into the future." ("On Our Bookshelf" section, Nature Chemistry, Vol. 1, 2009)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • One Deck More: The Chemical “Big Mac”

    Werner, Helmut

    Pages 1-18

  • Metal Carbenes and Carbynes: The Taming of “Non-existing” Molecules

    Werner, Helmut

    Pages 1-62

  • Prologue

    Werner, Helmut

    Pages 1-7

  • Metal Alkyls and Metal Aryls: The “True” Transition Organometallics

    Werner, Helmut

    Pages 1-39

  • The Binding of Ethene and Its Congeners: Prototypical Metal π-Complexes

    Werner, Helmut

    Pages 1-40

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.00
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Softcover $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-1892-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Landmarks in Organo-Transition Metal Chemistry
Book Subtitle
A Personal View
Authors
Series Title
Profiles in Inorganic Chemistry
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09848-7
DOI
10.1007/b136581
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-09847-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1892-5
Series ISSN
1571-036X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 348
Topics