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Characterisation of Organic Compounds

Nature volume 159, page 590 (03 May 1947) | Download Citation



ADVANCED students of organic chemistry and also research workers in this field will find in Dr. Wild's book a useful and comprehensive guide in the characterization and identification of organic compounds belonging to most of the ordinary types. The work is essentially for use in the laboratory ; it affords practical details, either directly or through references to the literature, for the preparation of suitable derivatives and of the special reagents needed ; and there are reference tables for each important type of characterizing compound described. Details for the preparation and application of some of the newer and less familiar reagents are particularly useful. As an example of the treatment adopted, the preparation of solid derivatives of alcohols is de scribed, within the compass of eleven pages, by means of esterification with acid chlorides, isocyanates, azides, acid anhydrides and pseudo-saccharin chloride; several miscellaneous methods follow. An appended table gives the boiling-point or melting-point of the original substance and of a maximum of fourteen derivatives for a list of fifty-seven alcohols. The book is well documented, indexed and printed. An introductory section contains eleven diagrams of apparatus.

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