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Hudlicky: Oxidations in Organic Chemistry
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Oxidations in Organic Chemistry
ACS Monograph 186
MiloŇ° Hudlick√Ĺ


FOUR YEARS after my book Reductions in Organic Chemistry was pub-
lished by Ellis Horwood in Chichester, England, I submitted its pendant,
Oxidations in Organic Chemistry. The present monograph is intended to
become an aid to a bench chemist. That means that its scope is exper-
imental rather than theoretical, and emphasis is laid on the preparative
aspects and synthetic usefulness of individual reactions rather than on
the historical developments and mechanisms. This is the only way to
compress a critical survey of countless oxidations into a book of reason-
able size. The criteria for inclusion of oxidation reactions were simplicity
of the reactions, clarity of their descriptions, availability of the oxidants,
and yields of the products. The last aspect is somewhat problematic,
because analogous compounds may give widely varied results.
To compare the results of oxidations by various oxidants, fairly simple
types of compounds are shown to illustrate reaction conditions. After all,
these compounds were selected by the researchers who tried to advertise
their new methods. More sophisticated examples were avoided, especially
because of lack of space.
The systematic literature coverage, initiated by screening Organic
Syntheses, Theilheimer's Synthetic Methods, Harrison and Harrison's
Compendium of Synthetic Methods, Methods in Organic Synthesis, Syn-
thetic Pathways, and my own files, includes original papers in some 50
major chemical journals through the end of 1986 (with a few more recent
additions). Quotations of patents and cyclopedias were avoided, because
these sources are generally not very readily available in chemical libraries.