Chemistry of Natural Products, A Unified Approach, provides a planned account of the common features structural and stereochemical of naturally occurring organic compounds). This is the only approach to bring about effective understanding of their chemistry. A variety of examples have been given to illustrate varied aspects so that the range of structure and behaviour exhibited by these compounds is retained within the set framework. The increasing application of physical (spectroscopic) methods like IR, NMR, CD, ORD, MS, High Resolution Mass Spectroscopy—using which, structural determinations are often done with very small or even microscopic quantities of the substance—is emphasised, without undermining the importance of ‘classical’ chemical methods. The section on problem solving helps to develop an analytical and critical evaluation of the data. The Second Edition reflects the significant and important developments that have taken place since the publication of the first edition, particularly with regard to the biological aspects of natural products.
N R Krishnaswamy has over 30 years of teaching experience in institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, University of Delhi, Bangalore University, Calicut University and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, where he was Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry.
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