Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms

Author(s): Peter Atkins

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Through an innovative, closely integrated design of images and text, and his characteristically clear, precise, and economical exposition, Peter Atkins explains the processes involved in chemical reactions. He begins by introducing a 'tool kit' of basic reactions, such as precipitation, corrosion, and catalysis, and concludes by showing how these building blocks are brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis.


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PREFACE; A PRELIMINARY COMMENT: WATER; THE BASIC TOOLS; 1. Matter falling out (Precipitation); 2. Protons in transit (Neutralization); 3. Burning in Air (Combustion); 4. Back to basics (Reduction); 5. Electrons in transit (Redox); 6. Forcing change electrically (Electrolysis); 7. Electricity from chemistry (Electrochemistry); 8. The death of metal (Corrosion); 9. Civil partnerships (Lewis acid-base reactions); 10. Changing partners (Complex substitution); 11. Marriage broking (Catalysis); 12. Divorce and reconciliation (Radical recombination); ASSEMBLING THE WORKSHOP; 13. Stringing along (Radical polymerization); 14. Snapping together (Condensation polymerization); 15. Sniffing out nuclei (Nucleophilic substitution); 16. Sniffing out electrons (Electrophilic substitution); 17. Proton accelerators (Acid catalysis); 18. Basic instincts (Base catalysis); 19. Adding up (Addition); 20. Taking away (Elimination); 21. Carbon Footprints (The Wittig reaction); 22. Networking opportunities (The Friedel-Crafts reaction); 23. Dark matter (photochromism); 24. Irritating atmospheres (photochemical smog); 25. Seeing the light (vision); 26. Green chemistry; BUILDING BY DESIGN; 27. Food for thought (Enzyme control); 28. Grand designs (Synthesis); A RETROSPECTIVE: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER; GLOSSARY

General Fields

  • : 9780199695126
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : September 2011
  • : 218mm X 151mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Atkins
  • : Hardback
  • : 541.39
  • : 200
  • : 4-colour integrated illustrations throughout