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Main Group Chemistry. 2nd Edition. Inorganic Chemistry: A Textbook Series

  • ID: 2175645
  • Book
  • October 2000
  • Region: Global
  • 540 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Lately, there has been much interest in the chemistry of Main Group elements with novel compounds being synthesised both in academia and industry. This book examines their synthesis, structure and how they behave chemically.

The second edition follows the same structure as the first except that the biochemistry section has been removed to allow for the inclusion of a wide range of new material. This includes:

∗ complexation and the stabilization of unstable species;

∗ new elements and isotopes;

∗ discussion of, for example, pye–bonding in compounds of the heavier main group elements, electronegativity of F, bonding in sulfur and phosphorus oxo–anions;

∗ examples of new compounds developed around traditional models; for example, compounds in which multiply–bonded C is replaced by Si and pentavalent organo–derivatives of Group 15

All other information is fully revised and updated in the light of more recent data. Where relevant, the author indicates where gaps exist in current knowledge and offers non–typical examples which are at the limits of current research.

The new edition is aimed at Honors and postgraduate students as well as researchers interested in Main Group elements and their compounds.

On the first edition –

"This is a book I would recommend as background reading for undergraaduates and postgraduates" Education in Chemistry, Chemistry in Britain

"This is a sound and sensible book, coherently produced and well written" The Times Higher Educational Supplement
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The Periodic Table


Group 1: The Alkali Metals –

Lithium, Sodium, Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium and Francium

Group 2: Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, Barium and Radium

Group 12: Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury

Group 13: Boron, Aluminium, Gallium, Indium and Thallium

Group 14: Carbon, Silicon, Germanium, Tin and Lead

Group 15: The Pnictides –

Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony and Bismuth

Group 16: The Chalcogens –

Oxygen, Sulfur, Selenium, Tellerium and Polonium

Group 17: The Halogens –

Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine and Astatine

Group 18: The Rare Gases –

Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon

Solution Chemistry

Steric Effects in Inorganic Chemistry

Appendix A Common Crystal Structures

Appendix B Comparison of Main Group and 3d Transition Metal Cations

Appendix C Brief Summary of Main Group Chemistry

Appendix D Slef–assessment Questions

Appendix E Suggested Further General Reading

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A. G. Massey
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