In the course of his distinguished career spanning about half a century, George A Olah, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, has been exceedingly prolific and has published more than 1000 scientific papers and 15 books and holds more than 100 patents. This invaluable volume contains about 250 papers selected for their breadth and current importance.
George A Olah received the unshared Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1994 for his contributions to carbocation chemistry. Carbocations are the most important reaction intermediates in organic chemistry. Professor Olah discovered that in superacids (acids billions of times stronger than sulfuric acid) trivalent alkyl cations, and subsequently an ever-increasing number of all possible structural types of carbocations, could be prepared as stable entities and studied by a wide variety of spectroscopic, physical and chemical methods. His generalized concept of carbocations and activation of C-H and C-C single s-bonds by electrophiles opened up new areas of hydrocarbon chemistry. Professor Olah has received many honors and awards, including Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, ACS awards in Petroleum and Synthetic Chemistry, the Roger Adams Medal, California Scientist of the Year and many honorary Doctor of Science degrees. He is Loker Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California.
Volume 1: Early Studies; Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution; Friedel-Crafts Chemistry; Stable (Persistent), Long Lived Carbocations: General Aspects; Trivalent Alkyl (Cycloalkyl) Cations (Carbenium Ions); - and -Delocalized Carbocations; Heteroatom and Metal Substituted Carbocations; Carbodications; Aromatic and Homoaromatic Cations and Dications; Five and Higher Coordinate (Nonclassical) Carbonium Ions: Controversy and Significance; Magic Acid and Superacid Chemistry; Solid Superacid Catalysis; From Kekule's Four-Valent Carbon to Higher Coordinate Hypercarbon; Electrophilic Chemistry of Saturated Hydrocarbons; Onium Ions: General Aspects; Volume 2: Oxonium, Sulfonium, Selenonium and Telluronium Ions; Azonium Ions; Halonium Ions; Miscellaneous Onium Ions; Gitonic Onium Di(Poly)cations and Superelectrophilic Activation; Synthetic Reagents, Methods and Reactions; Oxygenation and Sulfuration; Nitration and Nitrosation Chemistry; Organofluorine Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry; Polymer Chemistry; New Approaches to Future of Hydrocarbon Needs; Miscellaneous Studies.