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Superelectrophiles and Their Chemistry

George A. Olah, Douglas A. Klumpp

Hardcover, 301 Pages
First Edition, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-470-04961-7


Superelectrophiles and Their Chemistry contains, for the first-time, a discussion of the basics of this emerging field of organic chemistry, alongside tools to help the reader apply the chemistry. Specific tools include an evaluation of the ways to increase the strength of electrophiles, the classification of superelectrophiles, the solvation issues, a review of methods for studying superelectrophilicity, with details of the superelectrophiles that have been identified and studied. Additional information includes substituent effects in activation of superelectrophiles, and solvation in chemical reactions, as well as an insightful look into future applications.

Editorial Review

Olah and Klumpp have produced a book on the subject of Superelectrophiles and Their Chemistry, which deals in detail with polycationic electrophiles, their generation, properties and reactions. This area is extremely fascinating, since superelectrophiles undergo reaction with extremely weak nucleophiles, and thus the scope of chemical possibilities is greatly expanded.

The theory is explained at a level that can be readily understood by advanced students. The book will have some surprising moments, in this reviewer’s opinion, since some of the models and reactions lie far outside the chemical and physical possibilities that are explained in normal textbooks. Thus, Olah and Klumpp offer up a storehouse of new knowledge. Through a new understanding of some of these reactions, which are carried out in the normal course of laboratory operation, readers can see them through new eyes. These readers will benefit greatly, since the book contains a multitude of practical tips that can be applied in their own reactions.


1. General Aspects.
2. Study of Superelectrophiles.
3. Generating Superelectrophiles.
4. Gitonic Geminal Superelectrophiles.
5. Gitonic Vicinal Superelectrophiles.
6. Gitonic 1,3-Superelectrophiles.
7. Distonic Superelectrophiles.
8. Significance and Outlook.