The Tour of Collective Wisdom presents:
Desert Island Textbooks

When a synthetic organic chemist wants to look something up, there are certain places they look first.

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Greene and Wuts, Protective Groups in Organic Synthesis, 3rd ed. protecting groups 178
Armarego and Perrin, Purification of Laboratory Chemicals, 4th ed. purification of solvents and reagents 132
Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers - Organic Chemistry Fairly comprehensive chemistry textbook 128
Silverstein and Webster, Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds, 6th ed. NMR, IR, MS, UV-Vis 106
Kurti & Czako, Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis Highly recommended: Named reactions (x 200) incl. ref's to primary literature, modifications, improvements, mechanisms, conditions, examples of use in synthesis 101
Aldrich Catalog Compund properties, structures 90
Grossman, The Art of Writing Reasonable Organic Reaction Mechanisms Great book for upper level undergrad, beginning grad mechanism class. Very well written, logically organized, lots of problems with solutions on th web. 72
March, Smith Advanced Organic Chemistry 5th Ed 72
Vogel, Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry Useful for all manner of laboratory procedures and apparatus. Especially good for the more well developed chemistry. 71
ACS Style Guide Everything you need for writing papers i.e. reference, tables, figures, punctionation, abbreviations etc...Very Cheap! 56
Warren, Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach Good for upper level UG and 1st and2nd year Grad students for retrosynthesis of natural products 50
Larock, Comprehensive Organic Transformation, 2nd ed. Functional group transformations 46
Advanced organic chemistry, Jerry March book with exhaustive references 46
Kocienski, Protecting Groups general info about protecting groups not as comprehensive as Greene, but easier to read. Includes NMR data, mechanisms of formation and cleavage. 37
The Merck Index, 12th ed. Stuctures of organic compounds, name reactions 34
Eliel, Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds All issues related to the preparation, isolation and identification of optically active molecules 28
Pretsch, Affolter, and Buehlmann, Structure Determination of Organic Compounds NMR, IR, MS, UV-Vis 23
Tietze and Eicher, Reactions and Synthesis in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Good conditions for standard organic reactions. Is a translation on an undergraduate laboratory text from Germany. First rate, great indices. 19
Gordon and Ford, The Chemist's Companion, 1972 All sort of useful data 19
Corey and Cheng, The Logic of Chemical Synthesis, 1989 references for natural product syntheses 19
Schlosser, Organometallics in Synthesis procedures for virtually any type of reaction involving organometallic intermediates 14
Ojima, Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis Chiral ligands 12
AlfaAesar Catalog Properties, structures, examples of application with citations 11
Turro, Ramamurthy, and Scaiano, Modern Molecular Photochemistry Information about organic photochemistry and excited state chemistry 10
Strem Catalog metal catalysts for organic synthesis, examples with citations 10
P. White, B. Dorner, R. Steinauer - NovaBiochem Catalog Synthesis notes Practical tips on solid phase synthesis (especially peptide synthesis) 10
Strunk and White, The Elements of Style The right way to use particular words and phrases 10
Harmata, ed., Strategies and Tactics in Organic Synthesis Personal accounts from numerous research groups discussing total synthesis projects. Includes many nonpublished results and personal anecdotes 10
Lancaster catalogue (a chemical supply company) Compound properties. Has useful short reviews for many reagents 9
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