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Edited by Simon Aldridge and Anthony J. Downs The Group 13 Metals Aluminium Gallium Indium and Thallium Chemical Patterns and Peculiarities John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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Book Review
Published online in Wiley Online Library: 9 September 2011
( DOI 10.1002/aoc.1840
Book Review
The Group 13 Metals Aluminium, Gallium, Indium and Thallium:
Chemical Patterns and Peculiarities
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2011, 726 pages
price price �0.00/�2.00 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-470-68191-6
The heavier group 13 elements
have long been a source of fascination and chemical utility and form
one of the most widely explored
regions of the periodic table. The
stated aim of The Group 13 Metals, Aluminium, Gallium, Indium and
Thallium: Chemical Patterns and Peculiarities is to provide a contemporary perspective on the current
state of the art with regard to
the inorganic, organometallic and
solid state chemistry of the elements below boron. As such, this work may be viewed as an
update of the 1993 book The Chemistry of Aluminium, Gallium,
Indium and Thallium, which was also edited by Tony Downs. While
this earlier volume provided a great deal of core background detail
on the basic chemistry of these elements, the current text aims
primarily to cover advances described in the primary literature
that have appeared in the subsequent two decades. Since publication, the earlier book has become a standard reference point for
researchers addressing the chemistry of the group 13 elements
and I feel that the current work should also be warmly welcomed.
The text places the range of chemistries described firmly into
the 21st century and comprises 11 separate specialised chapters,
which are authored, in most cases, by some of the prime movers in
the specific research areas described. Although, as with any multicontributor volume, the style of presentation is a little inconsistent,
the text is handsomely presented and attractively and clearly
illustrated throughout. The topics covered reflect much of the
major progress in group 13 chemistry over the last quarter of a
century. Although an initial emphasis is given to chemical advances
in the common (+3) group oxidation state, particular prominence
is given to organometallic and inorganic species which contain
group 13 elements in lower (+1 or +2) or intermediate oxidation
states. Accounting for almost 250 pages of the volume, this latter
coverage is broken down into four separate chapters and, although
there is some overlap between the individual cases described, will
provide the perfect introduction to any new worker in the field
and an invaluable resource for established researchers. Perhaps
reflecting the primary interests of the editors, considerably less
space and a more narrow treatment is afforded to solid state and
biological aspects of the group 13 elements. I feel that this volume
will, as a result, be a less attractive purchase for researchers in these
specific areas. Discussion of the use of group 13 species in organic
synthesis is also relegated to a single 50-page chapter. Given the
potential breadth of topics available, the casual reader may thus
be left with a slightly unbalanced view of the current directions
of research in group 13 chemistry. This having been said, and as
the title suggests, the emphasis is very much upon highlighting
the behaviour and particular ?peculiarities? of the entire series
of elements. Although I am personally somewhat biased, I am
in full agreement with the editors that this ambition is best
served from an inorganic and structural standpoint rather than
as a compendium of applications-based topics. For this reason,
I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to any inorganic
or organometallic chemist with a fundamental interest in this
fascinating and varied series of elements.
Mike Hill
Department of Chemistry University of Bath, UK
Appl. Organometal. Chem. 2011, 25, 783
c 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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