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Essentials of Pericyclic and Photochemical Reactions


  • Provides an introduction to pericyclic and photochemical reactions

  • Starts with comprehensive presentations of the general principles, richly illustrates the explanations with numerous examples

  • Offers exercises to practice in every chapter, explains solutions to the problems in a separate appendix


Part of the Lecture Notes in Chemistry book series (LNC, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Pericyclic Reactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 3-11
    3. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 13-35
    4. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 37-106
    5. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 107-160
    6. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 161-177
  3. Photochemical Reactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 181-214
    3. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 215-239
    4. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 241-275
    5. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 277-299
    6. Biswanath Dinda
      Pages 301-313
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 333-350

About this book


This book provides a concise introduction to pericyclic and photochemical reactions for organic synthesis. In the first part about pericyclic reactions, the author explains electrocyclic reactions, cycloaddition reactions, sigmatropic rearrangements, and group transfer reactions. The second part on photochemistry is dedicated to photochemical reactions of a variety of compound classes, including alkenes, dienes, and polyenes, carbonyl compounds, and aromatic compounds. Additionally, photofragmentation reactions are described in a dedicated chapter. The last chapter gives an outlook on applications of photochemistry and natural photochemical phenomena. Both parts start with a comprehensive presentation of the general principles of the pericyclic and photochemical reactions. All chapters are rich in examples, which help illustrate the explained principles and establish ties to results and trends in recent research. Additionally, each chapter offers exercises for students, and solutions to the problems are provided in a separate appendix. This book nicely illustrates the utility of pericyclic and photochemical reactions and provides students and researchers with the tools to apply them routinely for an efficient synthesis of complex organic molecules. It will therefore appeal to advanced undergraduate students, graduate and postgraduate students, and even to practitioners and scientists in the field of organic synthesis. The rich examples and exercises will also make it a versatile tool for teachers and lecturers.


Organic synthesis Pericyclic reactions Photochemical synthesis Photochemistry in nature Organic reaction mechanisms Cycloadditions Rearrangement reactions Photochemistry aromatic compounds Photofragmenation organic molecules

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTripura UniversityAgartalaIndia

About the authors

Professor Biswanath Dinda completed his undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Calcutta, India. He received his PhD in 1974 for his research in the field of natural products chemistry, carried out in the Chemistry Department of Calcutta University in the research group of Prof. P. L. Majumder. Prof. Dinda spent his postdoc time at Ohio State University, working in the research group of Prof. Jack L. Beal at the College of Pharmacy from 1976-1978. After his return from the USA, he first worked as a lecturer in Chemistry in an undergraduate college, and then joined the Calcutta University Post Graduate Centre in Agartala, Tripura, India as a senior lecturer in 1981. From 1993, Prof. Dinda held a position as full Professor at Tripura University, from which he retired as senior-most professor in 2012. Prof. Dinda’s research interests have focused on the discovery of various herbal drugs from locally available plants. During his longstanding experience of over 30 years as lecturer and university professor, he has taught various (organic) chemistry courses, especially in the chemistry of pericyclic and photochemical reactions and the spectroscopy and chemistry of natural products.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Essentials of Pericyclic and Photochemical Reactions
  • Authors Biswanath Dinda
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Chemistry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Lect.Notes Chemistry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-45933-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83402-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-45934-9
  • Series ISSN 0342-4901
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6603
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 350
  • Number of Illustrations 65 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organic Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry
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