# ByIsaac B. Bersuker Electronic Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds Introduction to the Theory (2nd edn) John Wiley & Sons Inc

код для вставкиСкачатьBook Review Published online in Wiley Online Library: 10 January 2011 (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI 10.1002/aoc.1748 Book Review BY ISAAC B. BERSUKER Electronic Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds: Introduction to the Theory (2nd edn) John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010, 759 pages price �0.00/�0.00 ISBN 978-0-470-18023-5 This is the second edition of this textbook, the first having been published in 1996. An updated and modern version, this text details many of the new developments in theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy since the publication of the first edition. As with the first edition, this book discusses the theoretical basis of the modern theory on the electronic structure and properties of transition metal compounds. The content is a general view of this topic as a whole, with descriptions of how different aspects of the theory of transition metal chemistry relate to each other. This book is described as a reference for researchers and teachers, and is also intended as a textbook aimed at graduate and higher level undergraduate students. In writing the second edition of this book two goals were pursued by the author. The first was the pedagogical aspect in making the text more accessible to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and also the inclusion of additional infrastructure, allowing the use of this textbook for specialist courses. The second goal was to update the material in line with developments in this field over the last two decades. As in the first edition of this book the author states that he is attempting to give a generalized view of the state-of-the-art of the area of the electronic structure and properties of transition metal compounds. As a testament to the extra material and discussion, this new edition has almost 100 extra pages of information compared with its predecessor (it has increased in size from ca 670 pages to almost 760 pages in this current edition). A wide variety of subject areas are covered over the 11 chapters, including atomic states, symmetry ideas and group theory descriptions of molecular orbitals and vibrations, crystal field theory, molecular orbital theory, electronic structure including Jahn?Teller Theorem, electronic control of molecular shapes and transformations via vibronic coupling, the investigation of electronic structure by a variety of physical methods, stereochemistry and crystal chemistry, electron transfer, redox properties and electron-conformational effects, and reactivity and catalytic action. It is worth noting that every effort is made to contextualize the theoretical material with respect to laboratory problems for the reader via the use of a range of examples. Along with improvements to the material delivered in the first edition, new material in this second edition includes gamma-resonance spectroscopy and methods of electronic structure calculation; a more in-depth discussion of density-functional methods and a new section detailing quantum-classical methods of modelling of large organometallic and metallobiochemical systems have been included. In addition to the main text of the book, material is presented in a variety of other ways: example boxes, summary notes and illustrations, in addition to questions, exercises and problem sets which allow the reader to test their knowledge of the subject matter. Indeed, what particularly sets this book apart from others in the field is that many of the problems treated in this book, such as the concept of vibronic interactions and their use to solve problems regarding coordination compounds, are novel in that they have not been considered fully in books on coordination compounds. In covering such a wide breadth of material it is inevitable that some subjects will be covered more superficially than others. Indeed, although readers with a theoretical chemistry background should have no trouble with this book, the less theoretically inclined researcher who does not have the background in quantum mechanics may have some trouble with the treatment of the material within, due to the concise nature of some of the mathematical descriptions. In general the spelling and grammar used are excellent, the book being mainly free of typographical errors. That said, there are a few typographical errors that seem to be carried throughout the book, and a number (albeit small) of tables have a number of errors, which may make the data within difficult to interpret by the reader. Table 8.10 (page 456) is a case in point. In summary this book is an essential reference text for the theoretical inorganic chemist, and the use of examples, exercises and problems serves to contextualize and aid in the understanding of this subject matter. It will be also very useful to those experimentalists working with transition metal complexes who have interests in the modern state-of-the-art in the field of electronic structures and properties of these compounds. Deborah Kays University of Nottingham 484 Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2011, 25, 484 c 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright

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