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

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Book Review
Published online in Wiley Online Library: 10 January 2011
( DOI 10.1002/aoc.1748
Book Review
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
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
Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2011, 25, 484
c 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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