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Organic building blocks of the chemical industry
Szmant, H. Harry (Herman Harry), 1918-2000.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1989]

Physical Description:
xv, 716 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Wiley-Interscience publication."

Includes index.
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TP247 .S98 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A comprehensive survey of industrial organic chemicals, their useful properties, and the economic rationale for the dominant synthetic pathways. This practical guide explains where these organic building blocks of the chemical industry come from, how to make them on a commercial scale, how to price them, and how to analyze trends in demand and production of any given material. Coverage ranges from how and why different processes originated to the latest developments in high-value-added specialty chemicals.

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In this unique and valuable book, Szmant first describes the history, overall structure, and economics of the chemical industry. He then describes the major sources from which industrial chemicals are derived and the chemical reactions (or sequences of reactions) used to produce them. Hundreds of such processes are described, together with data on their economic importance. This information is not available in any other book that this reviewer is aware of--it performs a valuable service in making clear the commercial relevance of material presented in a more theoretical way in academic courses. Recommended for chemistry students at all levels; could be used as a text for a course on the chemical industry or as a source for reference and discussion. -A. Fry, Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

Backround Material
Sources, Production Pathways, and Pricing of Industrial Organic Chemicals
Aliphatic Building Blocks
C 1 Building Blocks
C 2 Building Blocks
C 3 Building Blocks
C 4 Building Blocks, Including Isoprene and Cyclopentadiene
C 5 and Higher Acyclic Building Blocks
Cyclic Building Blocks
Nonaromatic Carbocyclic Compounds
Aromatic Carbocyclic Compounds
Heterocyclic Building Blocks