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Advanced structural inorganic chemistry
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New Zealand : OUP, 2008
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xx, 819 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


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30000010178566 QD475 L5 2008 Open Access Book

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This book is a revised and updated English edition of a textbook that has grown out of several years of teaching. The term "inorganic" is used in a broad sense as the book covers the structural chemistry of representative elements (including carbon) in the periodic table, organometallics,coordination polymers, host-guest systems and supramolecular assemblies. Part I of the book reviews the basic bonding theories, including a chapter on computational chemistry. Part II introduces point groups and space groups and their chemical applications. Part III comprises a succinct account ofthe structural chemistry of the elements in the periodic table. It presents structure and bonding, generalizations of structural trends, crystallographic data, as well as highlights from the recent literature.

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Professor Wai-Kee Li, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong KongWai-Kee Li obtained his B.S. degree from University of Illinois in 1964 and his Ph.D. degree from University of Michigan in 1968. He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in July, 1968 and is now Professor of Chemistry. He has taught a variety of courses in physical and inorganic chemistryand won many teaching awards. His research interests in theoretical and computational chemistry have led to about 180 papers in international journals. Gong-Du Zhou, Professor Emiritus, Department of Chemistry, Peking UniversityGong-Du Zhou graduated from Xichuan University in 1953 and completed his postgraduate studies at Peking University in 1957. He then joined the Chemistry Department of Peking University and taught "Structural Chemistry" there till his retirement in 1992. His research interests lie in X-raycrystallography and structural chemistry. He has published over 100 research papers, together with over a dozen Chinese chemistry textbooks and reference books.Professor Thomas Chung Wai Mak, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong KongThomas C. W. Mak obtained his B.Sc. (1960) and Ph.D. (1963) degrees from The University of British Columbia. After working as a NASA Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Pittsburgh and an Assistant Professor at The University of Western Ontario, in June 1969 he joined The ChineseUniversity of Hong Kong, where he is now Wei Lun Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry. His research interest lies in inorganic synthesis, chemical crystallography, crystal engineering and supramolecular assembly, with over 900 papers in international journals. He was elected as amember of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001.

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This high-quality work by Li and Mak (both, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong) and Zhou (retired, Peking Univ.) is divided into three parts. Part 1 presents "Fundamentals of Bonding Theory," moving from basic quantum theory through atoms and molecules to condensed phases, including a survey of computational quantum chemistry. Part 2 develops "Symmetry in Chemistry," relating point groups to molecules and coordination compounds, moving to space groups and crystals, and providing introductory examples of crystal structures. Part 3 surveys "Structural Chemistry of Selected Elements," organized by the periodic table, and concludes with transition metal clusters and supramolecular structural chemistry. The volume provides very accessible introductions to each of its three parts. It also develops some higher-level topics such as relativistic effects, band theory, density functional theory, double groups, Tanabe-Sugano diagrams, f-orbitals, and metal-metal bonds, and offers stimulating examples of molecules and crystals (in part 3). An earlier book broadly similar to part 3 is A. F. Wells's Structural Inorganic Chemistry (5th ed., 1984; 4th ed., CH, Jun'76). Includes extensive references at the end of each chapter. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. A. Viste emeritus, Augustana College

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals of Bonding Theory
1 Introduction to Quantum Theory
2 The Electronic Structure of Atoms
3 Covalent Bonding in Molecules
4 Chemical Bonding in Condensed Phases
5 Computational Chemistry
Part 2 Symmetry in Chemistry
6 Symmetry and Elements of Group Theory
7 Application of Group Theory to Molecular Systems
8 Bonding in Coordination Compounds
9 Symmetry in Crystals
10 Basic Inorganic Crystal Structures and Materials
Part 3 Structural Chemistry of Selected Elements
11 Structural Chemistry of Hydrogen
12 Structural Chemistry of Alkali and Alkali-Earth Metals
13 Structural Chemistry of Group 13 Elements
14 Structural Chemistry of Group 14 Elements
15 Structural Chemistry of Group 15 Elements
16 Structural Chemistry of Group 16 Elements
17 Structural Chemistry of Group 17 and Group 18 Elements
18 Structural Chemistry of Rare-Earth Elements
19 Metal-Metal Bonds and Transition-Metal Clusters
20 Supramolecular Structural Chemistry