Product News: New Research Chemicals Catalogue/Handbook from Alfa Aesar

14 May 2008

Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, announces the publication of its New 2008-09 Catalogue of Research Chemicals, Metals and Materials Catalogue.

The new catalogue features over 3,000 new products, many of which are novel fine organics, including hundreds of new boronic acids, silanes and silanols, chiral diamines, fluorochemicals and more. Other new products include nano-materials, base metal fuel cell catalysts, fuel cell components, pure metals, alloys, analytical standards and catalyst/ligand kits.

While the technical content of other chemical catalogues has been cut back, the Alfa Aesar catalogue has been extensively augmented with thousands of new and updated literature references, application notes, synonym listings and other specification details. Molecular structure diagrams are included for most chemicals, and the catalogue is extensively indexed by Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number, stock number and molecular formula. The product listings for all hazardous substances are also enhanced with hazard pictograms and risk and safety phrases.

In addition to chemical compounds, the catalogue includes special sections listing pure elements, alloys, analytical products, precious metal compounds and catalysts, labware and equipment.

A new 14-page introduction has been added to the Precious Metal Compounds and Catalysts section. Authored by recognized catalyst expert Martyn Twigg, the introduction briefly covers the history of precious metal catalysis, then proceeds with sections on general catalytic requirements for industrial applications, unsupported metal catalysts, supported catalysts, and homogeneous catalysts.

The catalogue includes seven appendices, each focusing on a separate area of chemistry: organophosphorous intermediates, phase-transfer reactions, isocyanates and isothiocyanates, silylation and silanes in organic synthesis, boronic acids, peptide reagents, and fluorinating agents in organic chemistry.