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Platinum Metals Rev., 1996, 40, (4), 174

Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

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The Fourth Edition of the recently published Volume 19 of the Kirk-Othmer “Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology” con-tains sections covering the platinum group metals and their compounds. The first section overviews sources, mineralogy, recovery, refining and economic aspects, uses and physical properties, and is well illustrated by Tables.

Co-ordination compounds and organo-metallic compounds have been the most actively researched areasin this half of the century. This is reflected by the second section covering platinum group metals compounds. The rich catalytic chemistry resulting from the relative ease of conversion between oxidation states is described along with the many other uses of these compounds. Both sections contain bibliographies.

There are twenty-seven volumes in each Edition, Volume 19 contains 1170 pages and costs €220. Copies are obtainable from the publishers John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-52688-6, Fax: 01243-843296, Email: cs-books@wiley.co.uk.

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