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If not speculating, what are conformers and how to reveal them?

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The awareness of conformers involved in the chemical reaction is the first prerequisite for success in rationally synthesizing organic compounds of desired stereochemistry. Thus, researchers should be 'conformationally well versed'. However, for acquiring the true insight into both conformational theory and accompanying methods, they must depart from textbooks and upgrade their theoretical baggage and operational skills. A qualitative description of the relevant theory is sufficient for mastering how to identify conformers for a molecule.

Conformational Concept For Synthetic Chemist's Use -- written by Prof Anatoly Belostotskii, a bioorganic chemist and expert in conformational dynamics of small organic molecules -- exactly mirrors what this unorthodox stereochemical account carries to the reader. It guides researchers from organic laboratories in correctly understanding conformational notions and, even more importantly, in easily performing reliable conformational analysis so necessary in thought-out synthetic and structure determination studies. Organic experimentalists will discover that there are essential lacunas in their view on conformers and will, consequently, escape both misinterpretations of experimental results, and the use of misleading conformational models.

Chemistry is becoming more and more computerized, due to colossal benefits of this rationalization as well as rapid developments in the computer field. Not surprisingly, user-friendly computer programs of computational chemistry have appeared and started to revolutionize chemical research. By replacing the shaky ground of improvised, unpredictably restricted, generalizations with the strict physical theory, 'click computational chemistry' supplies researchers with abstract molecules with realistic quantitative characteristics (molecular models). By transforming the modeling techniques into routine on-the-screen manipulations, today's computational experiments invite the involvement of chemical experimentalists whom traditional modeling methods may have deterred.

Computational conformational analysis is a simple way to benefit from the genuine fruitfulness of conformational theory. The monograph covers many aspects of conformational theory including different understandings of conformer, manifestation of conformers in spectra, interpretation of NMR spectra from the perspective of conformational exchange, the meaning of the potential energy surface, and a practical guide to calculation methods both of molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics.

Is Conformational Concept For Synthetic Chemist's Use intended for experienced researchers? Not necessarily. Its focus is to supply the readers, non-computational organic chemists, with the ability to perform valid conformational analysis without interrupting the experimental work. Graduate students tying up their professional future with research may also find this text useful.


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