ISSN 1070-3284, Russian Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 2006, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 614–615. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006.
Original Russian Text © 2006, published in Koordinatsionnaya Khimiya, 2006, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 639–640.
The new edition of Comprehensive Coordination
Chemistry II reﬂects the progress attained in the chem-
istry of coordination compounds mainly during
15 years (1987–2002), i.e., from the year of publication
of the ﬁrst many-volume edition (Comprehensive
Coordination Chemistry I., Wilkinson, G., Ed., Oxford:
Pergamon Press, 1987, 7 vols).
Volume I (837 pp.) surveys the achievements in the
coordination chemistry of organic ligands, considers
their reactivity and new methods for the synthesis of
metal complexes. Among ligands, the attention is
focused on nitrogen heterocycles and macrocycles con-
taining donor atoms N, P, S, Se, and Te. Separate sec-
tion is devoted to polypyrazolylborate (scorpionate)
ligands (unfortunately, it was not written by the most
prominent specialist in this ﬁeld, S. Troﬁmenko, Wilm-
ington, Delaver, USA). Information about the com-
plexes with most popular ligands is given, in particular,
acyclic and macrocyclic Schiff’s bases (Spanish
-diketonates (Italian authors and
A. Drozdov, Moscow State University), including het-
erocyclic and N,S-containing compounds, although
aspects of competitive reactivity and formation of com-
plexes of different types do not receive adequate atten-
The section dealing with the ligand reactivity
considers, in addition to general aspects, reactions of
coordinated oximes and nitriles (A.J.L. Pombeiro, Por-
tugal and V.Yu. Kukushkin, St. Prtersburg University).
New methods for the synthesis of complexes include
solid-phase, biphasic, sol–gel, microwave, ultrasonic,
hydrothermal, and electrochemical methods. Note that
even this large volume does not cover some important
achievements made in the ligand chemistry and in the
synthesis of complexes, which can be found in recent
Russian and foreign publications.
Volume II (831 pp.)
comprehensively considers the physical methods used
to study the properties and structures of coordination
compounds, i.e., spectroscopic, optical, and magnetic
methods. Quite interesting is the account of the
Skopenko, V.V., Amirkhanov, V.M., Sliva, T.Yu., et. al.,
, 2004, vol. 73, no. 8, p. 797; Garnovskii, A.D. and
, 2005, vol. 74, no. 3, p. 211.
Synthetic Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry
novskii, A.D., Kharisov, B.I., Eds., New York–Basel: Marcel-
achievements of heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy,
magnetochemistry, and low-temperature electrospray
mass spectrometry in solutions.
Considerable attention is devoted to the theoretical
methods of investigation of complexes (ligand ﬁeld
theory, molecular orbital theory, molecular mechanics),
metal–metal bonds, topology, and modern quantum-
Volume III (629 pp.) presents data on complexes
(alkali and alkaline earth metals),
Ga, In, Tl, Ge, Sn, Pb, As, Sb, and Bi), and
(actinides and lanthanides).
Volume IV (866 pp.) is concerned with the studies
in the coordination chemistry of Group III–IV transi-
tion metals (Sc, Y; Ti, Zr, Hf; V, Nb, Ta; Cr, Mo, W). An
important place is occupied by discussion of not only
mono- but also polynuclear structures (metal–metal
bonds in polyoxyanionic and chalcogen-containing
The chemistry of Group VII (Mn, Tc, Re) and VIII
(Fe, Ru, Os) transition metal complexes, including
coordination compounds with high or low oxidation
states of complexing elements is the subject of volume
V (876 pp.).
The coordination chemistry of subgroup 9 (Co, Ir),
10 (Ni, Pd, Pt), 11 (Cu, Ag, Au), and 12 (Zn, Cd, Hg)
metals is considered in volume VI (1321 pp.). No infor-
mation on rhodium complexes is given. In reply to the
review (Kauffman, G.B., J. Coord. Chem., 2005,
vol. 58, no. 17, p. 643), this information will be pre-
sented in the electronic form.
All sections of volumes III–VI are provided with
extensive bibliographic lists, which include publica-
tions from the 1990s to the early 2002 and count several
hundred references each. For example, section 4.6
(Chromium) is supplemented by 1219 references.
Volume VII (845 pp.) is devoted to a new ﬁeld of
coordination chemistry (not included in Compreh.
Coord. Chem. I), namely, nanochemistry (from molec-
ular size to nanosize). High-nuclear clusters, coordina-
tion polymers, and supramolecular, metal-containing,
liquid-crystalline, and sol–gel systems are considered.
Much attention is devoted to processes with electron
transfer, optical and magnetic properties, photochemis-
try, and photophysics. The material of this volume,
New Edition of “Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II”,
McCleverty, J.A. and Meyer, T.J., Eds., Amsterdam–Oxford–New
York–San Diego: Elsevier–Pergamon, 2003, 10 vols., 8419 pp.