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Reactions and Reagents



Chemical Thesaurus e-book
A free reaction chemistry database.

Classic Organic Reactions (ChemPen) e-book

Comprehensive organic functional group transformations.
(Pergamon, 1995; Elsevier, 2005)
print QD 262 C534 Reference (I, 1995, 7 vols.; II, 2005, 7 vols.)
Attempt to organize current knowledge of organic synthesis in terms of the introduction and interconversion of functional groups. Volumes are broken down by the number of attached heteroatoms. Subject and author indexes are in v. 7. The 2005 set updated the original.

Comprehensive organic name reactions and reagents.
(Wiley, 2009)
print QD 291 W36 2009 Reference, 3 vols.
Descriptions of 701 named organic reactions with extensive literature references.

Comprehensive organic transformations. (Larock)
(2nd ed., Wiley, 1999)
print QD 262 L355 1999 Reference
Condensed, systematic compilation of useful synthetic methodologies. Reactions are organized by functional group being synthesized, and subdivided by major processes. Transformation index in the back.

Encyclopedia of reagents for organic synthesis. 2nd ed. star
(Wiley, 2009)
print QD 262 E53 2009 Reference, 14 vols.
Extensive entries for 4,000 reagents and catalysts, containing physical data, solubility, preparative methods, uses, and descriptions. Entries are arranged according to IUPAC names. Indexes in vol. 14 allow searching by reaction type, name reactions, substrates, formulas, structural class, and reagent function. [The online version is called e-EROS and the abstracts are freely viewable, but UT is not able to subscribe. Articles published or updated after 2009 may be available via Interlibrary Service request.]

Greene's protective groups in organic synthesis.
(4th ed., Wiley, 2007)
print QD 262 G665 2007 Reference
An extensive compilation of methods for protection and deprotection of various functional groups.

Name reactions: a collection of detailed mechanisms and synthetic applications.
(4th ed., Springer, 2009)
print QD 291 L55 2009 Reference
Reference by J.J. Lie.

Name reactions and reagents in organic synthesis.
(2nd ed., Wiley, 2005)
print QD 291 M86 2005 Reference
Useful compilation of name reaction data, giving general scheme, mechanism, examples, and references. Reagent section lists uses, preparation, examples, and references.

Named organic reactions.
(2nd ed., Wiley, 2005)
print QD 291 L3513 2005 Reference
Alphabetical guide to 135 important reactions.

Organic reactions. star
(Wiley, 1942- )
print QD 258 O7 Book Stacks
See description here.

Reagents for organic synthesis. (Fieser) star
(Wiley, 1967- )
print QD 262 F5 Reference
Classic compendium of common and new reagents including preferred methods of preparation, supply sources, critical comments, reaction diagrams and structural formulas, and many literature references. Arranged alphabetically with subject, author, and reagent indexes in each volume. There is a cumulative index for vols. 1-22. The Aldrich Catalog gives Fieser references for many compounds and acts as a alternate index.

Strategic applications of named reactions in organic synthesis. star
(Elsevier, 2005)
print QD 291 K87 2005 Reference
Concise summaries of the mechanisms and applications of 250 named reactions, with extensive illustrations and literature references.

Theilheimer's synthetic methods of organic chemistry.
(Karger, 1940- )
print QD 262 S9675 Book Stacks
Semiannual (formerly annual) compendium of synthetic reaction information drawn from a cognate publication, the Journal of Synthetic Methods, and from the non-patent literature. Theilheimer's is reaction-based: only general reaction types are included, and most heterocyclic chemistry is excluded. Reactions must have high yield and give full experimental procedures, and meet one or more of these criteria:
  • novel reactions, methods or reagents of synthetic interest
  • significant modifications or interesting applications of known reactions
  • reviews
Reactions are classified according to 1) bond formed, 2) reaction type, and 3) bond broken, in that order. Each volume has a subject index listing classes of compounds as either starting materials or products, and these are cumulated at five-year intervals. Name reactions and reaction types are usually avoided. Each volume also includes a listing of Supplementary References to modifications or improvements to reactions from earlier volumes. Theilheimer's complex and arcane arrangement makes it difficult to use. UT's subscription ended in 2009.

WebReactions e-book
Structure search of organic reactions in four databases containing a total of over 391,000 reactions. Each reaction hit is linked to the primary literature.