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Organisilicon Chemistry VI. From Molecules to Materials. Edited by Norbert Auner and Johann Weis

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addresses and even the name of one the
co-authors: Claudio Palomo (,
Vol. 2) appears as Claudio Nicolau
(Nicolau is actually his second last
name). A more serious criticism could
be made of the excessively narrow focus
of a few of the chapters, which refer
almost exclusively to the author$s own
work in the field. Nevertheless, the
overall quality of the reviews is high
and provides a good overview of the
state of the art. Despite the large
number of contributors (over 100), and
the difficulty in classifying reactions for
which detailed mechanistic studies are
still lacking, the overlap among the
different chapters has been kept to a
minimum. A welcome feature of the
handbook is the inclusion of representative experimental procedures at the
end of the chapters. Although far from
comprehensive, the handbook offers
much background information and upto-date references on important reactions, including some of the hottest
topics in current synthetic methodology.
To sum up, this two-volume set should
be available in every institution concerned with chemical synthesis.
Antonio M. Echavarren
Institute of Chemical Research of
Catalonia (ICIQ)
Tarragona (Spain)
Organisilicon Chemistry VI
From Molecules to
Materials. Edited by
Norbert Auner and
Johann Weis. WileyVCH, Weinheim
2005. 1020 pp.,
E 199.00.—ISBN
The two-volume work Organosilicon
Chemistry VI continues in the manner
of the previous volumes in the series by
reproducing the contributions to the
European Silicon Days conferences
(formerly the Munich Silicon Days,
renamed in 2001). For this latest conference (the second European Silicon Day)
the editors, Norbert Auner and Johann
Weis, have again taken on the task of
collecting together the results reported
in this area of Main Group chemistry,
which continues to hold its fascination,
in the form of an authoritative and
informative work. The approximately
120 articles cover a wide variety of
topics, from the chemistry of reactive
intermediates to the properties of
extended networks. The quantity of
material is so great that the publishers
and editors decided that Organosilicon
Chemistry VI should consist of two
As one expects, the work presents a
cross-section through representative
areas of current research on silicon
chemistry, a few of which will be briefly
outlined here. The editors have
arranged the contributions under six
topic areas. Each of the six sections
contains not only extensive and detailed
articles presented in plenary sessions,
but also a few short contributions.
In the first section, with the title
“Organosilicon-Based Reactive Intermediates”, much space is devoted to
the synthesis and properties of lowvalent silicon compounds such as silylenes and unsaturated species, as was
also the case in previous volumes of the
series. In particular, systems with multiple bonds continue to attract much
attention. On the other hand, there are
no articles on disilynes to be found here,
as it was not until after the conference
that their successful isolation was
reported. In addition to silylenes, we
learn about supersilylenes, which are
species of the type RSi+. There are
several articles that deal with cationic
silicon species in general, including their
applications for ring-opening polymerization (ROMP).
The topics in the section headed
“Molecular Inorganic Silicon Chemistry” are mainly concerned with the
chemistry of single silicon atoms, and
with the effects of bulky silyl substituents in various classes of compounds.
The ability of silicon to bond with
different partners and with different
coordination numbers is also discussed.
Under the title “Transition Metals in
Organosilicon-Based Chemistry”, we
find a variety of contributions on aspects
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of hydrosilylation, beginning with a very
personal and colorful article by one of
the pioneers in this field. There are also
studies of silicon-containing ligands with
a wide variety of constitutions and
bonding situations.
The following section contains articles on the role of silicon compounds in
biology and medicine.
This series of conferences always
includes a considerable number of contributions of an applied nature from
industry, which are here collected
together in Section 5. The topics range
from fundamental considerations about
the silicon industry to studies on the
optimization and modification of the
M;ller–Rochow synthesis, and to the
great variety of applications of silicones
and of modified materials of this class.
Section 6, “Silicon-Based Materials”, is also mainly concerned with
applications. Studies on polycarbosilanes, which have applications as building blocks for the synthesis of membrane materials, for example, are described. Developments in nanostructurization are finding a fruitful area of application in SiO-based materials, and many
new variations of methods for the preparation of mesoporous and mesostructured SiO2 particles are being reported.
The arrangement of the articles
under broad topic areas, a detailed
introduction by the editors drawing
attention to the highlights of the collection, and a useful keyword index all
make it easy for the reader to navigate
within the two volumes. The literature
references cited in the articles also allow
one to find more information about the
topics. The date of the conference means
that the literature coverage does not
extend beyond 2003. In a collection of
this kind one cannot, of course, expect
the up-to-date coverage found in a
normal publication, or even in a review
article. However, these volumes certainly enable one to get a good overview
of the current situation in organosilicon
Gerald Linti
Anorganisch-Chemisches Institut
Universit3t Heidelberg (Germany)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200585345
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 2165 – 2166
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