My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun Than Fun

My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun Than Fun

F. Albert Cotton

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 0128012161

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A giant in the field and at times a polarizing figure, F. Albert Cotton’s contributions to inorganic chemistry and the area of transitions metals are substantial and undeniable. In his own words, My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun than Fun describes the late chemist’s early life and college years in Philadelphia, his graduate training and research contributions at Harvard with Geoffrey Wilkinson, and his academic career from becoming the youngest ever full professor at MIT (aged 31) to his extensive time at Texas A&M. Professor Cotton’s autobiography offers his unique perspective on the advances he and his contemporaries achieved through one of the most prolific times in modern inorganic chemistry, in research on the then-emerging field of organometallic chemistry, metallocenes, multiple bonding between transition metal atoms, NMR and ESR spectroscopy, hapticity, and more. Working during a time of generous government funding of science and strong sponsorship for good research, Professor Cotton’s experience and observations provide insight into this prolific and exciting period of chemistry.

  • Offers personal and often wry perspective from this prominent chemist and recipient of some of science’s highest honors: the U.S. National Medal of Science (1982), the Priestley Medal (the American Chemical Society's highest recognition, 1998), membership in the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and corresponding international bodies, and 29 honorary doctorates
  • Details the background behind the development and emergence of groundbreaking research in organometallic chemistry and transition metals
  • Provides beautifully-written and engaging insight into a "Golden Age of Chemistry" and the work of historically renowned chemists

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where its effects may be a classic case of the law of unintended consequences. No doubt this act was intended to force mission-oriented federal agencies to demonstrate that they actually fulfill their missions. For an agency with a mission of producing a material product, or at least a readily measurable outcome, this is fine. For the NSF, whose mission is supposed to be the support of excellence in basic research, where a year-by-year demonstration of effectiveness is obviously impossible, this

Vibrational Spectra and Bonding in Metal Carbonyls IV CO and Re–Re Stretching Modes in the Decacarbonyls of Rhenium and Manganese. Inorg Chem. 1965;4:1328–1334. 167. Cotton FA, Lippard SJ. New Rhenium(V) Oxyhalide Complexes. Chem Commun. 1965;245–246. 168. Cotton FA, Weaver DL. An Authenticated Perchlorate Complex. J Amer Chem Soc. 1965;87:4189. 169. Cotton FA, Morehouse SM. The Molecular Structure of a Diamagnetic, Doubly Oxygen-Bridged, Binuclear Complex of Molybdenum(V) Containing a

Quadruply-Bonded Dimolybdenum Tetra(dithiocarboxylato) Compounds. Acta Chem Scand. 1978;A32:663–671. 567. Connor JA, Pilcher G, Skinner HA, Chisholm MH, Cotton FA. Thermochemistry of Some Metal-to-Metal Triple Bonds. J Am Chem Soc. 1978;100:7738–7739. 568. Cotton FA, Hanson BE, Rice GW. A New Example of a Dichromium Compound with a Supershort CrCr Quadruple Bond. Angew Chem. 1978;90:1015–1016 International Edition in English, 17, 953. 569. Cotton FA, Riess JG, Rice CE, Stults BR. Structure,

Figure 3-5 (a) Simplified energy level diagram for Co(II) in a tetrahedral ligand field, ignoring the 4T1-4T1 interactions and spin-orbit coupling. (b) Reflectance spectra of (C9H8N)3CoX4. A: X = I−; B: X = Br−; C: X = Cl−. These spectra show, inter alia, that the order of the halide ions in the spectrochemical series is Cl− > Br− > I−. They also, a bit less obviously, provide a basis for the phenomenon that Klixbull-Jorgensen called the nephelauxetic (cloud-expanding) effect. These bands all

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