Gmelin handbook of inorganic chemistry, 8th edition. Sn—organic compounds, part 11, trimethyltin- and triethyltin-oxygen compounds.

Gmelin handbook of inorganic chemistry, 8th edition. Sn—organic compounds, part 11, trimethyltin- and triethyltin-oxygen compounds.

Pdyhe&on Vol. 4, No. 1 I, p. 2001, 1985 Pergamon Press Ltd. Printed in Great Britain BOOK REVIEW Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry, 8th Edition...

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Pdyhe&on Vol. 4, No. 1 I, p. 2001, 1985 Pergamon Press Ltd. Printed in Great Britain

BOOK REVIEW Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic Chemistry, 8th Edition. Sn-Organic Compounds, Part 11, Trimethyltiw and Trietkyltin-Oxygen Compoaads. H. Schumann and I. Schumann, Springer, Berlin, 1985, ISBN 3-540-93501-0, x+292 pp., DM995. In this eleventh volume of their Herculean effort, the Schumanns deal with the mononuclear trimethyl- and triethyltin-oxygen compounds, Me,SnOX and Et,SnOX, covering the literature up to the end of 1982. Much of the space is devoted to the hydroxides, alkoxides and carboxylates, but the derivatives of the oxyacids of sulphur, nitrogen, phosphorus and so on, are included. The presentation follows that with which has been established in the previous volumes. The book begins with a list (43 pp.) of general references, and ends with a formula index (20 pp.). The text is nowadays wholly in English. Much of the material is

presented in tabular form, and molecular structures obtained by X-ray diiIraction are reproduced. For example, more than 7 pp. and 111 references are devoted to the description of triethyltin hydroxide. Eleven references are given to various preparations, and contradictory reports of the melting point and boiling point are discussed. Physical properties such as the chromatographic behaviour, and the IR and Mossbauer spectra are given; the reactions are presented mainly in tabular form, and there is more than a page on its biological properties and industrial’applications. This volume carries the stamp of authority which characterises this series by the Schumanns ; all organotin chemists will want to have access to it. Department of Chemistry University College London 20 Gordon Street London WC1 H OAJ

2001

A. G. DAVIES