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Pericyclic Reactions

Second Edition

Ian Fleming

02 April 2015

ISBN: 9780199680900

128 pages

In Stock

Oxford Chemistry Primers

Price: £27.99

Oxford Chemistry Primers are a series of accessible, concise texts that introduce students to a diverse range of important topics in modern chemistry.



Pericyclic reactions, a fundamental strand of organic chemistry, include a number of commercially important synthetic reactions such as the Diels-Alder reaction. This primer enables students to recognise the different types of pericyclic reaction and understand their application in organic synthesis.

  • Focused introductions designed to give students an in-depth understanding of a diverse range of important topics in modern chemistry.
  • Examples and applications presented throughout help students to see the relevance of the subject to current research and industry.
  • Frequent diagrams, margin notes, and glossary definitions support students in their learning.
  • Questions at the end of every chapter and interactive online questions encourage active learning and promote deep understanding.

New to this edition

  • Additional problems at the end of each chapter, and end-of-book problems that encourage the reader to draw together the main themes presented in the book.
  • Glossary of definitions to help students get to grips with the key terminology.
  • Online Resource Centre, with interactive questions for students, and downloadable figures for instructors.

About the Author(s)

Ian Fleming, Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Ian Fleming studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, obtaining his PhD in 1962 in the University Chemical Laboratory supervised by Dr John Harley-Mason. After a year of independent research as a Research Fellow in Pembroke College, he spent a postdoctoral year at Harvard (1963-1964) with Professor R. B. Woodward, before returning to Cambridge, where he was successively Assistant Director of Research, Lecturer, Reader, and Professor of Organic Chemistry. In 1993 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his work on the application of organosilicon chemistry to solving problems of regiocontrol and stereocontrol in organic synthesis. He formally retired from research in 2002, but remains active in writing and teaching.

Table of Contents

    1:The nature of pericyclic reactions
    2:Cycloaddition reactions
    3:The Woodward-Hoffmann rules and molecular orbitals
    4:Electrocyclic reactions
    5:Sigmatropic rearrangements
    6:Group transfer reactions

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