Organic Chemistry Principles and Industrial Practice

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Wiley, Sep 19, 2003 - Science - 321 pages
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In this textbook, designed to be used with classic texts of organic chemistry at the undergraduate level, or standing alone for more advanced students, the two experts, M. M. Green and H. A. Wittcoff bring together the principles and the practice. Written for students, while also giving much information that may be used to enhance teaching of the subject, the book's ten concise chapters combine important commercial and practical processes with the principles of organic chemistry. The result is a source of otherwise barely accessible information. In addition, personal anecdotes from the authors' vast experience make this a fascinating and indispensable textbook for everyone wishing to enhance an appreciation of this subject.


"This book is a joy to read (and re-read)."
?James A. Moore, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"This very interesting book is going to find a unique place in the repertoire of organic textbooks."
?James Canary, New York University

"Simply put, this book is a gem. The chemistry described
is rigorous but the warm, humorous, and conversational writing style makes the book a joy to read."
?Dasan M. Thamattoor, Colby College

"I have never come across such an enticing mix of stories of discovery with basic chemistry!"
?Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University

"This is a highly original book filling an obvious need."
?Herbert Morawetz, Polytechnic University

"This book is a delightful contribution to the field of organic chemistry that offers a useful pedagogical approach."
?Pedro Cintas, Facultad de Ciencias-UEX Badajoz, Spain

"What an excellent read! The book, intended for organic chemistry students, is in the style of the first books on organic chemistry by Isaac Asimov which impressed me as a teenager in the 1960īs. It makes the discovery of new chemicals and processes seem exciting, and emphasises the importance of academic understanding in the development of the chemical industry. (...) The book is full of interesting anecdotes, often related to serendiptious discoveries. But, as Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favours the prepared mind". (...) One interesting story on the cracking of petroleum and the subsequent build up of coke deposits relates to a father who was so obsessed with the subject that he called his son Carbon; Carbon then named his own daughters Methyl and Ethyl. In my opinion, any father who saddles his children with such names might be regarded as a well known arsenic heterocycle!
In conclusion, all organic chemists should read this book for pleasure, not just to learn new knowledge. I hope the authors can be persuaded to write a second volume which covers the fine chemicals industry."
?Organic Process Research & Development, Dr. Trevor Laird

"This is a unique, fascinating book that bridges organic chemistry principles with chemical industrial applications. The story telling style make the reading/learning experience extremely enjoyable."
?Qiao-Sheng Hu, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

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Mark M. Green is a 1958 graduate of the City College of New York. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University working with Kurt Mislow followed by a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship with Carl Djerassi at Stanford University. He served as professor of chemistry at several universities with long experience in teaching organic chemistry to students of widely varying abilities. He has been at his current position at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University since 1980. Professor Green's over 40 year career of academic research has been widely recognized. He was awarded a National Science Foundation "Special Creativity Award" in 1995, elected chair wof the Polymer Chemistry Gordon Conference for the year 2000, elected a "Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science" in 2003 and was named a winner of the Society of Polymer Science of Japan award for "Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology" in 2005. He has been elected as a "Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science" for "pioneering work in important new areas of polymer science." He serves on the editorial board of "Topics in Stereochemistry," and has served on the editorial board of the American Chemical Society journal "Macromolecules." Professor Green received a Jacobs' Excellence in Teaching Award by the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 2006. His interest in communicating science to general audiences has led to several years of writing columns for two newspapers, which are published in a blog, In recent years Professor Green has turned his attention to further developing his long interest in teaching organic chemistry in context by using a story-telling historical approach. His first book, Organic Chemistry Principles and Industrial Practice (2003 Wiley-VCH) written with Harold A. Wittcoff, has been widely praised as a resource for chemistry teachers seeking material to enhance their classes and has been used as a text for both chemical engineering students studying beginning organic chemistry as well as for graduate courses in the chemical sciences. Books Co-Authored and Co-Edited: Organic Chemistry Principles and Industrial Practice, Mark M. Green and Harold A. Wittcoff, Wiley-VCH, 2003. Materials-Chirality, edited by Mark M. Green, Roeland Nolte and Bert Meijer, Volume 24 in the series, Topics in Stereochemistry, Wiley-Interscience, 2003. Popular Science Articles:

HAROLD A. WITTCOFF has taught industrial organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota while serving as Vice President of Corporate Research for General Mills, Inc. As scientific advisor to Nexant ChemSystems, he has presented 300 courses in industrial chemistry in twenty-eight countries. He is author/coauthor of 130 patents and sixty technical publications.

BRYAN G. REUBEN is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Technology at London South Bank University. He has worked on the research and commercial sides of the Chemical Division of Distillers Company, Ltd. (now BP Chemicals), and was a founding member of both Surrey and London South Bank Universities. He is author/coauthor of about 130 publications and a single patent.

JEFFREY S. PLOTKIN is Director of the Process Evaluation and Research Planning program at Nexant ChemSystems. He previously worked at Exxon Chemical and International Specialty Products (ISP) in both research and marketing positions. He is author/coauthor of about twenty-five technical publications and about thirty patents.

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