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Handbook of Spectroscopy. Vols. 1 & 2. Edited by Gnter Gauglitz and Tuan Vo-Dinh

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Angewandte
Chemie
(and even Cu/Ni catalysts to increase
the selectivity), which does not reflect
the current state of the art, and is unacceptable in a book with “Commercial
Catalysts” in the title.
There are other shortcomings that
one does not expect to find in a work
with the stated aims. Although metric
units are used in about 60 % of the
descriptions of processes and catalysts,
the pressures and thermal values are
nearly always still expressed in bar and
kcal, instead of MPa and kJ in accordance with modern practice. Temperatures are often given in 8C, but often
accompanied, quite illogically, by
values in 8F, which in one case results
in the temperature range for a process
being given, remarkably, as “from 203–
417 8C”. Sometimes the rules of classification also fall victim to whim: thus, the
synthesis of phosgene is described as
“carbonylation of chlorine”, which is
unconventional to say the least.
Despite these many weaknesses, this
book by Rase is worth buying, provided
that one bears in mind that here the
world of “heterogeneous catalysts” is
not always organized as one expects,
and that the question “which catalyst
should be used for which reaction?”
will not always produce a straightforward and up-to-date answer based on
the literature. Here the handbook is
actually quite helpful, especially for
readers who do not interpret the word
“commercial” too narrowly, and are
accustomed to searching more widely
themselves and thus taking a serious
view of foreign-language and patent literature.
Boy Cornils
Hofheim im Taunus (Germany)
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 2324 – 2325
Handbook of Spectroscopy
Vols. 1 & 2. Edited
by Gnter Gauglitz
and Tuan Vo-Dinh.
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2003. xxxii +
1136 pp., hardcover
E 399.00.—ISBN
3-527-29782-0
This Handbook of Spectroscopy contains an extensive collection of articles
dealing with all kinds of spectroscopic
technologies written by experts in the
respective fields. Spectroscopy is omnipresent in almost every field of natural
science. Nowadays, nearly every natural
scientist is concerned with at least one of
the spectroscopic techniques presented
in these volumes. The term spectroscopy
covers an extremely wide field, and can
be generally understood as the science
describing the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter. However,
the two volumes bring together the
many facets of spectroscopy into a comprehensive entity. Volume 1 describes
the most important spectroscopic methods (optical spectroscopy, NMR
spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, and surface analysis
techniques) that are essential for the
characterization of any physical, chemical, or biological system. The second
volume describes the applications of
these techniques in the extremely
important fields of bioanalysis, environmental analysis, and process control.
Volume 2 also describes the applications
of some of the spectroscopic methods
described in Volume 1 for chromatographic detection, and includes a
description of general data treatment
methods. Therefore, the two volumes
provide an almost complete description
of the most important spectroscopic
methods routinely applied in many university and industrial laboratories.
Although various specialized textbooks exist that deal with particular
facets in detail, such as laser spectroscopy or NMR spectroscopy, this book
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provides a truly comprehensive collection of the most important spectroscopic
methods. Furthermore, the book takes a
novel approach to dealing with spectroscopy, in contrast to most of the existing
books. Instead of focusing too much on
the theoretical background of the various spectroscopic methods, these two
volumes focus on the experiments,
their technical requirements, the signal,
and its interpretation. The current
degree of success, the limitations, and
the future applications are discussed.
The two volumes are aimed at the experimentalist who is interested in pursuing
or understanding spectroscopic methods, and the theoretician who wants to
know what the present experimental
limitations are. The work is well written,
so that it is also understandable for
beginners or nonexperts in this field,
and it is nicely illustrated by an abundance of figures and tables.
This book not only provides a good
introduction to the capabilities of the
most relevant spectroscopic methods
but is also a reliable guide on spectroscopic methods for researchers in universities or industry. It helps scientists
to choose the appropriate spectroscopic
method(s) for an extensive characterization of their samples, and provides
extremely helpful instructions on how
to interpret and process the acquired
data. This work will also be of great relevance to those involved in teaching this
subject, since it provides a nice overview
of possible research and industrial applications of state-of-the-art spectroscopic
methods.
In general, I think this book will
serve as an essential spectroscopy
“encyclopedia” for experimentalists
active in the field of spectroscopy or
those who are planning to enter this
area in an industrial as well as a university setting.
Jrgen Popp
Institut f0r Physikalische Chemie
Universit4t Jena (Germany)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200385095
8 2004 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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