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Advanced Organic Chemistry

Part B: Reaction and Synthesis

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  • Parts A and B may stand alone; together, they provide a comprehensive foundation for study in organic chemistry
  • Updated material reflecting scientific advances since 2001’s Fourth Edition, especially in computational chemistry
  • Companion Websites provide digital models for students and exercise solutions for instructors
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Part of the book series: Advanced Organic Chemistry (AOC)

Part of the book sub series: Part B: Reactions and Synthesis (AOCB)

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Since its original appearance in 1977, Advanced Organic Chemistry has maintained its place as the premier textbook in the field, offering broad coverage of the structure, reactivity and synthesis of organic compounds. As in the earlier editions, the text contains extensive references to both the primary and review literature and provides examples of data and reactions that illustrate and document the generalizations. While the text assumes completion of an introductory course in organic chemistry, it reviews the fundamental concepts for each topic that is discussed.

The two-part fifth edition has been substantially revised and reorganized for greater clarity. Among the changes: Updated material reflecting advances in the field since 2001’s Fourth Edition, especially in computational chemistry; A companion Web site provides digital models for study of structure, reaction and selectivity; Solutions to the exercises provided to instructors online.

The control of reactivity to achieve specific syntheses is one of the overarching goals of organic chemistry. Part B describes the most general and useful synthetic reactions, organized on the basis of reaction type. Together with Part A: Structure and Mechanisms, the two volumes are intended to provide the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student in chemistry with a sufficient foundation to comprehend and use the research literature in organic chemistry.

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From the reviews of the fifth edition:

"Advanced Organic Chemistry … the well-known textbook for graduate students – has now appeared in a 5th edition. … Carey & Sundberg will be interesting to all students who seek a detailed understanding of organic chemistry, and who wish to refresh and embellish their existing knowledge. On the strength of the scope and quality of the explanations, this pair of texts is recommended for use as the resource of first resort for specific research questions in one’s later career." (, January, 2008)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    Francis A. Carey, Richard J. Sundberg

About the authors

Francis A. Carey is a native of Pennsylvania, educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, at Drexel University (B.S. in chemistry, 1959), and at Penn State (Ph.D. 1963). Following postdoctoral work at Harvard and military service, he was appointed to the chemistry faculty of the University of Virginia in 1966. Prior to retiring in 2000, he regularly taught the two-semester lecture courses in general chemistry and organic chemistry. With his students, Professor Carey has published over forty research papers in synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry.

Professor Sundberg is primarily engaged in teaching and chemical education. Along with Francis A. Carey he is the author of “Advanced Organic Chemistry. Professor Sundberg is also interested in synthetic methodology in heterocyclic chemistry and is the author of “Indoles” in the Best Synthetic Methods Series (Academic Press, 1996).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Advanced Organic Chemistry

  • Book Subtitle: Part B: Reaction and Synthesis

  • Authors: Francis A. Carey, Richard J. Sundberg

  • Series Title: Advanced Organic Chemistry

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Chemistry and Materials Science, Chemistry and Material Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2007

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-0-387-68354-6Published: 06 September 2007

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-387-71481-3Published: 24 November 2007

  • Series ISSN: 2945-5022

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-5030

  • Edition Number: 5

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 1321

  • Topics: Organic Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry

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