This is the first modern textbook, written in the 21st century, to make explicit the many connections between physical organic chemistry and critical fields such as organometallic chemistry, materials chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. In the latter part of the 20th century, the field of physical organic chemistry went through dramatic changes, with an increased emphasis on noncovalent interactions and their roles in molecular recognition, supramolecular chemistry, and biology; the development of new materials with novel structural features; and the use of computational methods. Contemporary chemists must be just as familiar with these newer fields as with the more established classical topics. This completely new landmark text is intended to bridge that gap. In addition to covering thoroughly the core areas of physical organic chemistry – structure and mechanism – the book will escort the practitioner of organic chemistry into a field that has been thoroughly updated . The foundations and applicabilities of modern computational methods are also developed. Written by two distinguished researchers in this field, Modern Physical Organic Chemistry can serve as a text for a year-long course targeted to advanced undergraduates or first-year graduate students, as well as for a variety of shorter courses on selected aspects of the field. It will also serve as a landmark new reference text, and as an introduction to many of the more advanced topics of interest to modern researchers. An accompanying Student Solutions Manual will become available.
Modern Physical Organic Chemistry
By J. Little - October 3, 2005
The book by Anslyn and Daugherty is terrific! I recommend it enthusiastically. It fills a large void in the modern day curriculum, and does so brilliantly. I am grateful to the authors for having done so.
Impressively, the text is sophisticated yet readable, both for those of us who have
studied organic chemistry for many years, and most importantly, for students. I've
spoken with a number of students who echo this sentiment. Furthermore, the text is
thoroughly enjoyable to read and is full of wonderful insights. There are very few
chemistry books I've read where I was anxious to see what was coming next. Anslyn and Dougherty's book is one of them.
It is clear that the authors have taken a great deal of care to express their thoughts
carefully, clearly, and concisely. In addition, they have expertly communicated the
interconnections between physical organic chemistry and all other phases of... read more
The long wait is over...
By A. Jogalekar "Curious Wavefunction" - September 19, 2006
Phys. Org. Chem. has always been one of my favorite subjects. As I continued to study chemistry during high school, college and grad school, I began to realise that phys org chem represents not so much a separate field as a philosophy and approach; to treat chemical and biological systems from the perspective of structure, conformation, and reactivity which are after all the most fundamental aspects of any such system. I realized that phys org chem is a truly interdisciplinary framework, and any one who has a solid background in it can be a good computational chemist, synthetic organic chemist, and/or bioorganic/biochemist.
Unfortunately, all the classic phys org books until now have been of the 'pure' kind, focusing on mechanism and reactivity, but not discussing the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, especially for biological systems and materials. The wait is over: Modern Physical Organic Chemistry by Dennis Dougherty and Eric Anslyn has completely and satisfactorily... read more
Finally, no more "Lousy and Ridiculous" for chemistry graduate students
By ItsChmical - January 22, 2006
As a recent grad of an org chem graduate program who had to suffer through the nearly 20 year old text "Mechanism and Theory in Organic Chemistry" by Lowry and Richardson, this book by Anslyn and Dougherty is a fabulous update that is easy to read and great asset to any chemistry student. I agree with the other reviewers that the problem sets are challenging, the text is clearly written, and the material relates well back to current research issues. If you are a graduate student considering getting another reference to help you through your organic chemistry graduate program, get this book before you try "Advanced Organic Chemistry: Structure and Mechanisms" by Carey and Sundberg. I expect that "Modern Physcial Organic Chemistry" will become a staple to most chemist's shelves similar to that of a CRC Handbook or "Advanced Organic Chemistry" by March.