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Organotin Chemistry. Second Edition. By Alwyn G. Davies

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useful, and pedagogical style, and in
having it published in a cheap form.
This book is indispensable for inorganic
chemists, and will also be useful to students and teachers; therefore it should
sell successfully.
Didier Astruc
Molecular Nanoscience and
Catalysis Group, LCOO
University of Bordeaux I
Talence (France)
Organotin Chemistry
Second Edition. By
Alwyn G. Davies.
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2004. 426 pp.
plus CD-ROM,
E 149.00.—ISBN
The monograph on organotin chemistry
by Alwyn G. Davies, first published in
1997 and now in its second edition, has
been extended by a few chapters and
now covers the literature up to the
beginning of 2003. Furthermore, the
author has used this opportunity to
undertake a thorough revision. The
book impressively reflects the importance that organotin compounds have
achieved in organic synthesis. Yet, only
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 3752 – 3753
two years ago, two volumes covering
1800 pages on The Chemistry of Organic
Germanium, Tin, and Lead Compounds
were added to the Wiley series The
Chemistry of Functional Groups.
Against this background, one must ask
whether the publication of a new edition
of Organotin Chemistry is justified. In
short, that question can be answered
unambiguously by “yes”. Whereas the
multi-author work edited by Z. Rappoport deals with a variety of topics of
organotin chemistry in detail, Organotin
Chemistry takes a different approach by
focusing on the subject from the viewpoint of the preparative chemist, providing a broad overview on the preparation
and reactions of organotin compounds.
The monograph begins by discussing
physical data and methods, followed by
an additional chapter discussing the
influence of the stannyl substituent in
organic synthesis. The main part of the
book, arranged according to the various
classes of organic groups, discusses
methods for the formation of carbon–
tin bonds, followed by further chapters
on functionalized organotin compounds
containing Sn–halogen, Sn–O, Sn–H,
Sn–S, Sn–Sn, and Sn–metal bonds.
Next are two parts on tin radicals and
radical ions, and on tin compounds
with low coordination numbers. The
book ends with chapters on the importance of organotin compounds in
organic synthesis, for example in the
Stille coupling reaction, and finally a
short overview on the technological
applications of organotin compounds
and on environmental issues.
In its second edition this is still a conventional book in the best sense, with an
emphasis on the synthesis and reactive
properties of organotin compounds. It
is rounded off by comprehensive subject
and author indexes, which enable one to
quickly link each reference to the relevant chapter. A valuable addition to
the book is the included CD-ROM, containing more than 5500 literature references up to October 2003, not all of
which are included in the text. Unfortunately, the CD-ROM can only be used if
the program EndNote is installed on the
This monograph gives an impressive
overview, which concentrates mainly on
the preparative aspects of organotin
chemistry. Nowadays, even small areas
of research are so multifaceted that
they can hardly be mastered by a
single author. With that in mind, it is
appropriate and very welcome that several chapters have been thoroughly
scrutinized by renowned colleagues,
resulting in a book that is virtually free
of errors. One must also mention the
well-structured tables and the abundance of clear formula schemes, which
enable the reader to quickly grasp the
essence of each chapter. Without hesitation, this monograph, like its predecessor, can be recommended to every
organic or organometallic chemist
engaged in synthetic work.
Manfred Weidenbruch
Institut f5r Reine und
Angewandte Chemie
Universit9t Oldenburg (Germany)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200385202
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