Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, Simon Cotton, Uppingham School, Uppingham, Rutland, UK
Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry is a one–volume account of the Lanthanides (including scandium and yttrium), the Actinides and the Transactinide elements, intended as an introductory treatment for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The principal features of these elements are set out in detail, enabling clear comparison and contrast with the Transition Elements and Main Group metals.
The book covers the extraction of the elements from their ores and their purification, as well as the synthesis of the man–made elements; the properties of the elements and principal binary compounds; detailed accounts of their coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry, from both preparative and structural viewpoints, with a clear explanation of the factors responsible for the adoption of particular coordination numbers; spectroscopy and magnetism, especially for the lanthanides, with case studies and accounts of applications in areas like magnetic resonance imaging, lasers and luminescence; nuclear separations and problems in waste disposal for the radioactive elements, particularly in the context of plutonium.
Latest developments are covered in areas like the synthesis of the latest man–made elements, whilst there is a whole chapter on the application of lanthanide compounds in synthetic organic chemistry.
End–of–chapter questions suitable for tutorial discussions are provided, whilst there is a very comprehensive bibliography providing ready access to further reading on all topics.
1 Introduction to the Lanthanides.
2 The Lanthanides Principles and Energetics.
3 The Lanthanide Elements and Simple Binary Compounds.
4 Coordination Chemistry of the Lanthanides.
5 Electronic and Magnetic Properties of the Lanthanides.
6 Organometallic Chemistry of the Lanthanides.
7 The Misfits: Scandium, Yttrium, and Promethium.
8 The Lanthanides and Scandium in Organic Chemistry.
9 Introduction to the Actinides.
10 Binary Compounds of the Actinides.
11 Coordination Chemistry of the Actinides.
12 Electronic and Magnetic Properties of the Actinides.
13 Organometallic Chemistry of the Actinides.
14 Synthesis of the Transactinides and their Chemistry.