Systematic Nomenclature of Organic, Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry

Chemical-Abstracts Guidelines with IUPAC Recommendations and Many Trivial Names

Ursula Bünzli-Trepp

ISBN 978-3-8325-5374-6
695 pages, year of publication: 2021
price: 118.00 €
Review: "... this book provides a comprehensive and detailed summary of current systematic CAS and IUPAC nomenclature systems. The inclusion of a great number of chemical structures with their various systematic and trivial names makes it a very useful handbook for the nomenclature of many classes of chemical compounds." Chemistry International, vol. 44, no. 3, 2022, pp. 39-41.

This second English edition has been revised and upgraded to contain the latest Chemical-Abstracts and IUPAC nomenclature guidelines. The book is aimed at chemists, biochemists, pharmacologists, scientists at all levels in academia and industry, as well as documentalists, editors, and software developers. It presents in a user-friendly way all that is required to construct or interpret systematic names of organic, organometallic, and coordination compounds, including those of more complicated molecules:

  • Logic, coherent structure and organization of the material according to the procedure of naming, based on the most recent Chemical-Abstracts nomenclature guidelines, with references to the 2013 recommendations for IUPAC-preferred names (PINs) and with many trivial names.
  • Detailed description of the names of molecular-skeleton parents, including an illustrative procedure for the naming of fused polycycles.
  • Construction of the names of all compound classes illustrated by colors, with an emphasis on radicals, ions, and organometallic and coordination compounds.
  • Collection of the stereoparent names of the alkaloids, amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates, cyclitols, nucleosides, nucleotides, nucleic acids, steroids, terpenes, carotenoids, retinoids, vitamins, and prophyrins as well as guidelines for the naming of polymers and isotopically modified compounds.
  • Detailed instructions for the citation of indicated H atom (indicated hydrogen) in names and naming of tautomers.
  • Comprehensive description of the Cahn-Ingold-Prelog system for the specification of configuration and of the thus derived stereodescriptors for names of chiral organic, organometallic, and coordination compounds, including instructions concerning the stereodescriptors used by Chemical Abstracts until 1999.
  • Over 6000 drawings of compounds with names from practice, about 3000 in color.

Ursula Bünzli-Trepp (b. 1943) obtained her diploma in chemistry in 1967 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH-Z), with a diploma thesis in synthetic organic chemistry performed under the supervision of Prof. D. Arigoni. She received her Ph.D. at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1971 under the auspices of Prof. H. Dahn and Prof. H. Moll, with a thesis on reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry. From 1971 to 1973, she did postdoctoral work in the field of alkaloid synthesis with Prof. J.P. Kutney at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After another year at ETH-Z as scientific collaborator of Prof. O. Jeger, she joined the editorial office of the journal Helvetica Chimica Acta in 1975 where she was active as an Assistant Editor until 2013. Ursula Bünzli-Trepp is a member of the Advisory Subcommittee of IUPAC's Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation.

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  • Chemical Nomenclature
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Names in Chemistry


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