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Applied Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis

Robin Whyman

Publication Date - 06 September 2001

ISBN: 9780198559177

96 pages


This Primer has two main objectives: to provide an overview of the influence of organometallic chemistry on homogeneous and heterogenous catalysis and to provide an account of the principle commercial applications of homogeneous catalysis in industry. The book builds on the coverage of organometallic chemistry in two Primers by Bochmann, OCPs 12 and 13.


  • The author has worked in industry.
  • The author has experience of teaching the subject to undergraduates.


"Building on the discussion of organometallics in two previous volumes, this brief primer provides an overview to organometallic chemistry on homogenous and heterogeneous catalysts. It describes the main industrial applications of homogenous catalysts. Particular attention is given to hydroformylation, acetic acid, nylon intermediates, olefin oligomerization, and polymerization. Whyman teaches chemistry at the University of Liverpool."--SciTech Book News

Table of Contents

    1. Organometallic chemistry and catalysis
    2. Mechanistic organometallic chemistry
    3. Hydroformylation and related reactions
    4. Acetic acid and acetyl chemicals
    5. Nylon intermediates: buta-1,3-diene hydrocyanation
    6. Olefin oligomerization and polymerization
    7. Fine chemical manufacture
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