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EDITED BY PETR STPNIKA Ferrocenes ligands materials and biomolecules John Wiley & SonsWiley-Blackwell 2008 670 pp.

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Book Review
Published online in Wiley Interscience: 23 June 2009
( DOI 10.1002/aoc.1525
Book Review
Ferrocenes: ligands, materials and biomolecules
John Wiley & Sons/Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, 670 pp.
price �0.00/�4.00
ISBN 978-0-470-03585-6 (hardcover)
Ferrocenes: Ligands, Materials and
Biomolecules is a 13-chapter compendium of modern ferrocene
chemistry edited by Petr Ste?pnic?ka.
As stated in the Introduction, the
book attempts to couple enough
introductory information to more
advanced recent results so that
both newcomers and experts are
accommodated. The book is divided into two sections with the
first seven chapters dealing with
ferrocene-based ligands, while the
remaining chapters are devoted to
ferrocene incorporation into sensors, optical/electrical materials, polymers, biomolecules and
crystals. For the most part, each chapter is comprehensive through
2006, is well referenced and provides an excellent survey for the
state of each research topic.
The sheer number of recent ligands incorporating ferrocene necessitates that a modular approach be taken in order to describe
them. The initial chapters respectively describe monodentate ligands, 1,1 -bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene (dppf), dppf analogs,
symmetrical 1,1 -bidentate, unsymmetrical 1,1 bidentate, chiral
1,2-disubstituted and planar-chiral ferrocene ligands. This approach works well and allows for comparisons to be made within
each class of ligands but unfortunately it does not allow for comparison of ligands between classes. Unfortunately, some chapters
take a haphazard approach to the presentation of ligands, coordination complexes and the description of reactions that these
complexes facilitate, which made the chapters difficult to follow.
While a critical review for each ferrocene subset may have been
too much for this volume, especially given the large amounts of
data within them, each chapter, an author?s critical perspective on
ligand trends or generality would have allowed some of the chapters to become more than encyclopedic compendia of ligands and
The second section of the book presents ferrocene chemistry
from a material science and biological perspective and this allows
each chapter to stand independently of the others. Most chapters
provide a very good introduction to the background for each
material type and to the problems currently being addressed, and
the chapters are wide-ranging in their scope. While the authors
admit to being selective in their coverage, they do a very good
job presenting the state of each research area while highlighting
the current topics of interest and the most recent advances. This
requires each chapter to have considerable depth, which makes it
difficult for a neophyte to sort through.
Some of the downsides mentioned above could have been
ameliorated by a good index, which is especially necessary for
this type of very broad work. Unfortunately, the index is spotty
with many topics indexed for one chapter but missing from
it for another. This leaves a reader interested in, for example,
Sonogashira coupling, thinking that it is found only in chapter 13
while it is actually mentioned in three other chapters.
It is difficult to identify the target audience for this book since
it contains equal portions of catalysis and materials science, as
well as biological applications. While a person working in catalysis
might enjoy reading about the material or biological properties of
ferrocene-containing materials, the depth of each chapter makes
a casual reading difficult. Therefore the book will be most useful
for a researcher looking to become involved in some aspect of
ferrocene chemistry and for whom the detail is important. These
issues aside, the work succeeds in providing a comprehensive
account of the place that ferrocene-based compounds take in
modern chemistry.
Richard Broene
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2009 , 23, 334
c 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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