We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Organometallic Chemistry

Second Edition

Gary O. Spessard and Gary L. Miessler

Publication Date - October 2009

ISBN: 9780195330991

752 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $131.95

Designed with both undergraduate and graduate students in mind, Spessard and Miessler presents the fundamentals of organometallic chemistry through the presentation of seminal experiments, analysis of real data, and the inclusion of the most comprehensive problem sets available.


Designed with the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students in mind, Organometallic Chemistry, Second Edition, covers the fundamentals of organometallic chemistry by presenting seminal experiments, analyzing real data, and offering the most comprehensive problem sets available. The text opens with careful and patient explanations of the structure and bonding of organometallic compounds, providing a uniquely accessible introduction to the subject for undergraduate students. Later chapters build on this foundation with in-depth coverage of organometallic reaction mechanisms, more advanced topics of catalysis, carbene complexes, metathesis, applications of organometallic chemistry to organic synthesis, and cluster compounds.


* Numerous in-chapter worked examples and expansive end-of-chapter problem sets. Covering a wide spectrum of difficulty, the end-of-chapter problems range from basic practice problems to more advanced analytical ones; many of these are directly referenced to the current chemical literature.

* An experimental approach--illustrated by both groundbreaking classic experiments and cutting-edge contemporary ones-- that not only teaches students what is now known about organometallic chemistry, but also how we know what we know

* Real-world applications--highlighted throughout the text-- that engage students and reveal the relevance of organometallic chemistry to the world of industry


* Updated and expanded coverage of the latest developments in the field, including IR, NMR, and mass spectroscopy; catalysis; carbene complexes; metathesis and polymerization; and applications to organic synthesis

* More extensive treatments of industrial applications, including hydroformylation, uses of Grubbs and Schrock metal carbene catalysts, SHOP, palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings, and more

* 50% more in-chapter worked examples and expansive end-of-chapter problem sets than the previous edition

* 25% more in-chapter exercises (with answers in Appendix B) than the previous edition
* A new focus on green chemistry that reveals how well its principles mesh with those of organotransition metal catalysis

* Introduction of the 18-electron rule (Chapter 3)

* New computational approaches to molecular orbital calculations (Chapter 2)

* 25% more molecular model illustrations than the previous edition. The text now includes more than 600 illustrations and structures, including 120 brand-new figures; all preexisting figures have been revised for clarity and consistency.

Organometallic Chemistry, Second Edition, is supplemented by an Instructor's Resource CD-ROM, which includes all of the figures from the text in electronic format and the solutions to all of the exercises and problems from the text (in an editable Word file format).

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 1996


" by Spessard and Miessler has earned a reputation as a highly readable, thorough text...The book's approach is to first establish a structure-bonding foundation that is based on molecular orbital theory...This sets the stage for a methodical coverage of the full range of reactions of organo-transition metal complexes and many of the practical applications of this chemistryEL[S]ignificant improvements have been made, including the addition of many more problems at the end of the chapters. The added exercises have a widely varied level of difficulty and focus and therefore allow the instructor much more flexibility in the assigned problems. As a result, this text would be well-suited for a course in which applications to organic synthesis are to be heavily emphasized.>"--Craig Jensen, Organomettalics

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. An Overview of Organometallic Chemistry
    1.1 Striking Difference
    1.2 Historical Background
    Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Structure and Bonding
    2.1 Atomic Orbitals
    2.2 Molecular Orbitals
    2.3 Computational Organometallic Chemistry
    Chapter 3. The 18-Electron Rule
    3.1 Counting Electrons
    3.2 Why 18 Electrons?
    3.3 Square Planar Complexes
    Chapter 4. The Carbonyl Ligand
    4.1 Bonding
    4.2 Binary Carbonyl Complexes
    4.3 Oxygen-Bonded Carbonyls
    4.4 Ligands Similar to CO
    4.5 IR Spectra
    4.6 Main Group Parallels with Binary Carbonyl Complexes
    Chapter 5. Pi Ligands
    5.1 Linear Pi Systems
    5.2 Cyclic Pi Systems
    5.3 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra of Organometallic Compounds
    Chapter 6. Other Important Ligands
    6.1 Complexes Containing M-C, M=C, and M=C Bonds
    6.2 Hydride and Dihydrogen Complexes
    6.3 Phosphines and Related Ligands
    6.4 Fullerene Ligands
    6.5 Mass Spectra
    Chapter 7. Organometallic Reactions I: Reactions That Occur at the Metal
    7.1 Ligand Substitution
    7.2 Oxidative Addition
    7.3 Reductive Elimination
    Chapter 8. Organometallic Reactions II: Reactions Involving Modification of Ligands
    8.1 Insertion and Deinsertion
    8.2 Nucleophilic Addition to the Ligand
    8.3 Nucleophilic Abstraction
    8.4 Electrophilic Reactions
    Chapter 9. Homogeneous Catalysis: The Use of Transition Metal Complexes in Catalytic Cycles
    9.1 Fundamental Concepts of Homogeneous Catalysis
    9.2 The Hydroformylation Reaction
    9.3 The Wacker-Smidt Synthesis of Acetaldehyde
    9.4 Hydrogenation
    9.5 Carbonylation of Methanol
    9.6 Hydrocyanation
    9.7 Specialty Chemicals
    Chapter 10. Transition Metal-Carbene and -Carbyne Complexes: Structure, Preparation, and Chemistry
    10.1 Structure of Metal Carbenes
    10.2 Synthesis of Metal Carbene Complexes
    10.3 Reactions of Metal-Carbene Complexes
    10.4 Metal-Carbyne Complexes
    Chapter 11. Metathesis and Polymerization Reactions
    11.1 Pi Bond Metathesis
    11.2 Alkyne Metathesis
    11.3 Ziegler-Natta and Related Polymerizations of Alkenes
    11.4 Bond Metathesis
    Chapter 12. Applications of Organometallic Chemistry to Organic Synthesis
    12.1 Enantioselective Funcational Group Interconversions
    12.2 Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation via Nucleophilic Attack on a Ligand: The Tsuji-Trost Reaction
    12.3 Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation via Carbonyl and Alkene Insertion
    12.4 Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation via Transmetalation Reactions (Cross-Coupling Reactions)
    12.5 Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation through Cyclization Reactions
    Chapter 13. Isolobal Groups and Cluster Compounds
    13.1 The Islobal Analogy
    13.2 Cluster Compounds
    Appendix A. List of Abbreviations
    Appendix B. Answers to Exercises

Related Titles