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Organometallic Chemistry

Third Edition

Gary O. Spessard and Gary L. Miessler

Publication Date - June 2015

ISBN: 9780199342679

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

Retail Price to Students: $189.99

Teach the fundamentals of organometallic chemistry with seminal experiments, analysis of real data, and the most comprehensive problem sets available


Designed with the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students in mind, Organometallic Chemistry, Third 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 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 more advanced topics such as organometallic reaction mechanisms, catalysis, carbene complexes, metathesis, applications of organometallic chemistry to organic synthesis, and bioorganometallic chemistry.

New to this Edition

  • Updated and expanded coverage of the latest developments in the field, including catalysis, carbene complexes (especially NHC complexes), metathesis and polymerization, CH activation, and applications of cross-coupling reactions to organic synthesis
  • A new Chapter 13 on applications of organometallic chemistry to biochemistry and medicinal chemistry
  • Increased presentation of industrial applications, including metathesis and Ziegler-Natta polymerization, Grubbs and Schrock metal carbene catalysts, and palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings
  • A 20% increase in end-of-chapter problems and worked examples
  • More than 1,100 illustrations and structures, a 28% increase over the second edition
  • A special table of contents and bolded entries in the index to direct readers to the sections of the text that cover spectroscopic methods, including NMR, IR, and mass spectroscopy
  • Expanded emphasis on green chemistry
  • Expanded discussion of computational approaches to molecular orbital calculations that includes coverage of the latest developments in density functional theory and a new section on applications of the QM/MM method to the study of the structure and reactions of organometallic compounds


  • Written with both undergraduate and graduate students in mind to introduce both audiences to their first in-depth study of the subject
  • Numerous in-chapter exercises and worked examples, along with expansive end-of-chapter problem sets, reinforce fundamental concepts covered in the chapters
  • 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 engage students and reveal the relevance of organometallic chemistry to the world of industry

About the Author(s)

Gary O. Spessard is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at St. Olaf College. His areas of expertise include organic chemistry, green chemistry, and the synthesis and biosynthesis of natural products.

Gary L. Miessler is Professor of Chemistry at St. Olaf College. His areas of expertise include inorganic chemistry, organometallic synthesis, and the photochemistry of transition metal complexes.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2009


"Organometallic Chemistry is a mature, comprehensive textbook. Its writing is clear, authoritative, and student-friendly, and it meets the needs of my classroom better than any of its competitors."--Daniel Rabinovich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"The new material in the third edition of Organometallic Chemistry is extremely well written and useful. It will give students a thorough understanding of the important areas of modern organometallic chemistry."--James K. Murray, Immaculata University

"This book is an excellent, brief overview of the fundamentals of organometallic chemistry. Its strength lies in its organization around bonding, ligand-metal interactions, and mechanism. The third edition of Spessard and Miessler's textbook provides a useful starting point for students seeking to learn the fundamentals of organometallic chemistry."--Jon Parquette, The Ohio State University

"The new edition of Organometallic Chemistry is well tailored to a one-semester course for graduate and undergraduate students. Spessard and Miessler's new textbook includes the latest, most relevant material in organometallic chemistry while also preserving the fundamentals."--Ferman Chavez, Oakland University

Table of Contents

    1. An Overview of Organometallic Chemistry
    2. Fundamentals of Structure and Bonding
    3. The 18-Electron Rule
    4. The Carbonyl Ligand
    5. Pi Ligands
    6. Other Important Ligands
    7. Organometallic Reactions I: Reactions that Occur at the Metal
    8. Organometallic Reactions II: Reactions Involving Modification of Ligands
    9. Homogeneous Catalysis: The Use of Transition Metal Complexes in Catalytic Cycles
    10. Transition Metal-Carbene and -Carbyne Complexes: Structure, Preparation, and Chemistry
    11. Metathesis and Polymerization Reactions
    12. Applications of Organometallic Chemistry to Organic Synthesis
    13. Bioorganometallic Chemistry
    Appendix A. List of Abbreviations
    Appendix B. Answer to Exercises

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