"This new edition continues how the subject of organic synthesis was treated in the original in terms of functional group transformations, and it brings in all the new developments from the literature since the last version was published. It is truly a comprehensive, encyclopaedic overview of all known (and as yet unknown) functional groups. The material is easily accessible and provides essential references to methodologies for the interconversion of functional groups in organic synthesis. The references provide entry into the key literature and background necessary for anyone designing a new synthetic procedure. Organic and inorganic chemists who work in academia, industry, and government will find this series of books invaluable in their work. Teachers and students at all levels will appreciate all it offers and find that it will enhance their work. It is voluminous (6,400 pages, seven volumes, 144 chapters, written by 190 experts); it is expensive, and it may be affordable only by libraries." Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students; faculty and researchers; professionals. - J. Landesberg, Adelphi University CHOICE - Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Volume 42, issue 10 (2005) "The second edition of this very useful reference consists of 144 reviews written by leading scientists who evaluate and summarize methods for organic functional group transformations. In the words of the editors, this work "presents the vast subject of organic synthesis in terms of the introduction and interconversion of functional groups." The individual volumes are titled as follows: (1) Carbon with No Attached Heteroatoms; (2) Carbon with One Heteroatom Attached by a Single Bond; (3) Carbon with One Heteroatom Attached by a Multiple Bond; (4) Carbon with Two Heteroatoms, Each Attached by a Single Bond; (5) Carbon with Two Attached Heteroatoms with at Least One Carbon-to-Heteroatom Multiple Link; (6) Carbon with Three or Four Attached Heteroatoms; and (7) Author Index and Cumulative Subject Index. This set covers the literature from the past nine years, since the publication of the 1995 edition. An online version of this reference will be made available sometime in Spring 2005." JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Volume 127, Number 10 (2005) "It should be part of every chemical library, academic as well as industrial ones, since it gives comprehensive information and good references from general aspects to special applications. The seven volume set of COFGT-II provides well written, comprehensive and valuable documentation on all kinds of chemical transformations reactions and may be an indispensable tool for the daily work of chemists in different fields of research. In addition to the printer hardcover version it is also available as electronic on-line version through ScienceDirect which may enhance its utility." Holgar Stark, Frankfurt/Germany, Archiv der Pharmazie, 2005 It is truly a comprehensive encyclopedic overview of all known (and as yet unknown) functional groups. The material is easily accessible and provides essential references to methodologies for the interconversion of functional groups in organic synthesis." J. Landesberg, Adelphi University, CHOICE, June, 2005 "When I reviewed this project in 1995, I wrote that it 'will be an indispensable tool in organic synthesis and will continue to contribute to the design of better synthetic routes'. I stand by this view in 2005, provided all 12 of the primary review volumes and the online index are available to the user. Then this Elsevier/Pergamon project will truly have transformed the practical utility of the science of functional group transformations" G. Richard Stephenson, Wolfson Materials and Catalysis Centre at the School of Chemical Science and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, CHEMISTRY AND INDUSTRY, Issue 16, August 2004 "In summary, this work is an important and valuable contribution to the literature on modern synthetic chemistry. Its usefulness is, of course, increased greatly by the fact that it is also available in electronic form through the Elsevier ScienceDirect service. The summaries of relevant reviews and monographs that are provided at the beginning of every chapter are very useful, and allow rapid access to further information that falls outside the scope of this work. The uniform design and style of the volumes, with regards to literature references, formula schemes, and tables, also deserves praise. It is very easy to work with these volumes using only one's intuition since the structure follows the systems based on patterns of substitution. That makes it very easy for the reader to recognize relationships between different classes of compounds and their behaviour in analogous functional group transformations, and to use the volumes for one's everyday work." Edgar Haak, Braunschweig University, Germany, ANGEW. CHEM. INT. Ed, 2006
"Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations II (COFGT-II)" will provide the first point of entry to the literature for all scientists interested in chemical transformations. Presenting the vast subject of organic synthesis in terms of the introduction and interconversion of all known functional groups, "COFGT-II" provides a unique information source documenting all methods of efficiently performing a particular transformation. Organised by the functional group formed, "COFGT-II" consists of 144 specialist reviews, written by leading scientists who evaluate and summarise the methods available for each functional group transformation. Also available online via ScienceDirect featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. By systematically treating each functional group in turn the work also identifies what is not known, thus pointing the way to new research areas.
This book follows the systematic layout of the successful 1995 "COFGT" reference work, based on the arrangement and bonding of hetero-atoms around a central carbon atom. The work will save researchers valuable time in their research as each chapter is written by experts who have critically read and reviewed the literature and presented the best methods of forming every known functional group.