Oxygen Chemistry

Oxygen Chemistry

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This book places oxygen on the centre stage of chemistry in a manner that parallels the focus on carbon by 19th century chemists. One measure of the significance of oxygen chemistry is the greater diversity of oxygen-containing molecules than that of carbon-containing molecules. One of the most important compounds is water, containing the properties of being a unique medium for biological chemistry and life, the source of all the dioxygen in the atmosphere, and the moderator of the earth's climate. Sawyer first introduces the biological origins of dioxygen and role of dioxygen in aerobic biology and oxidative metabolism, and in separate chapters discusses the oxidation-reduction thermodynamics of oxygen species, and the nature of the bonding for oxygen in its compounds. Additional chapters focus on the reactivities of specific oxygen compounds.show more

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17mm | 517.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0195057988
  • 9780195057980

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'...the book contains a wealth of information and is recommended to all chemists interested in oxygen chemistry and requiring a little intellectual stimulation.' Natureshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Why oxygen chemistry; Redox thermodynamics for oxygen species; Effects of media and pH; Nature of chemical bonds for oxygen in its compounds; Reactivity of hydrogen peroxide, alkyl hydroperoxides, and peracids; Reactivity of oxygen radicals: Reactivity of dioxygen and its activation for selective dioxygenation, mono-oxygenation, dehydrogenation, and auto-oxidation of organic substrates and metals (corrosion); Reactivity of superoxide ion; Reactivity of oxy-anions and O2 as nucleophiles and one-electron reducing agents.show more