Book Reviews

Kinetic and Thermodynamic Stability of Cerium (IV) Complexes with a Series of Aliphatic Organic Compounds

"...This book is of undoubted scientific and methodological interest. The principal audience for the book are researchers in the field of coordination and physical chemistry, university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students." READ MORE... - Dr. Larisa N. Kurina, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural History, Professor at Tomsk State University

"Investigation of the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects in formation and redox decompo-sition of the complexes with cations in anomalous oxidation states (OSs) is of considerable importance in relation to the problem of stabilizing the unstable OSs of elements. This prob-lem has recently become particular significance due to the accumulation of information on unusual OSs and the development of a number of topical issues in materials science." READ MORE... - Dr. Boris V. Spitsyn, Leading Researcher at the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Institution of the Russian Academy of Sciences

"The book of Dr. Olga Voskresenskaya, a well-know expert in the field of coordination chemistry, is devoted to kinetic and thermodynamic aspects associated with the formation and redox decomposition of cerium(IV) complexes with various organic ligands. Cerium(IV) solutions, being a strong oxidation and complexation reagents, are widely applied in many analytical procedures. By theuse of redox and complexation reactions, they are extensively employed in determination of diverse inorganic and organic compounds." READ MORE... - Professor Emeritus Alexander Apelblat , Chemical Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

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Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods: Technology, Stability and Benefits to Human Health

"The book is a unique compilation of technology of various probiotic foods and stability of probiotics in various probiotic and prebiotic foods, as well as their health benefits. The book fills in a gap in our knowledge on the production and practical application of prebiotics and probiotics in foods." READ MORE... - Niels Skovgard, Birkerød, Denmark, International Journal of Food Microbiology

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Cheeses around the World: Types, Production, Properties and Cultural and Nutritional Relevance

"This book takes us to a walk throughout the history of cheese by compiling a set of very interesting stories from different countries. Without doubts cheese is one of the most diverse and versatile food products, which is going to continue evolving throughout time together with us, the consumers. There is a cheese for every taste, for every palate. Living in a globalized world help us to enlighten our senses with cheeses from the most hidden places, places we have never been, but by eating them we feel transported. Similarly, with this book the reader is going to get to know about cheese, its history, production methods, health aspects, and specially about its traditional nature and the link with cultures around the world.” - Lucía Frez Muñoz, PhD student, Wageningen University and Research

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The Development of Organic Phosphorus Chemistry: Discoveries of the Nineteenth Century

"This treatise is an excellent review of the birth of organophosphorus chemistry with respect to the generation of C-P bonds. Dr. Quin has done a superb job in ferreting out the facts concerning the early work in this field in the 19th century. Four chapters compose the book with each chapter focusing mainly on work done by specific chemists." READ MORE... - K. Darrell Berlin, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University.

"The book by Louis DuBose Quin is a first of its kind in presenting the early development of phosphorus chemistry. It does so by considering the discoveries of the three chemists that introduced the world to organic phosphorus chemistry. These are the French chemist , Paul Thenard, who discovered the first organic phosphorus compound in 1845, trimethylphosphine." READ MORE... - Dr. Robert Holmes, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements, University of Massachusetts

"In this book Professor Quin engagingly summarizes the many seminal discoveries made by pioneers of phosphorus chemistry in the 19th century who established the foundations of this important field. His coverage is thorough and orderly, and includes not only the chemistry that worked (despite the limits of laboratory apparatus, analytical techniques and bonding concepts of the period) but he also includes a number of informative synthetic attempts that failed. The author’s very careful analysis of the relevant literature enabled him to make a convincing case for choosing August Wilhelm Hoffman as the founder of phosphorus chemistry; a choice that at first surprised me, as I am sure it will other phosphorus-oriented chemists as well. Professor Quin has provided a wide spectrum of chemists with a delightful review of a field of great importance in academic as well as a variety industrial laboratories." - John G. Verkade, Ph.D., Iowa State University

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Analysis of Kinetic Models of Chemical Reaction Systems. Value Approach

"This subject of this book is the systematic analysis of kinetic models of complex reactions, with emphasis on chain reactions. The intent of the authors is to provide the conceptual background for the use of numerical models to evaluate molecular kinetic data in terms of mechanistic schemes. The book concludes with an explanation of the kinetics software package, VALKIN." READ MORE... - Frederick T. Greenaway, Professor of Chemistry at Clark University

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Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses

"Not just another book on enzymes, "Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses" is a useful guide for scientists, integrating theory and practical examples in a thrilling way." - Professor Dr. José Manuel Domínguez González, Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering Group “BiotecnIA,” Chemical Engineering Department, Science Faculty, Vigo University, Spain

"Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses" focuses on proteases from different regional sources, with applications in a wide variety of industrial processes, namely cheese production, meat tenderization, production of protein hydrolysates, among others. The book appears as an appropriate tool to disseminate the latest knowledge about functions, mechanisms and applications of proteases in relevant industrial applications. It will provide useful information for both academics (PhD, postdocs and researchers, as well as undergraduate students) and industrials, thus covering a large audience." - Andrea Gomez-Zavaglia PhD, Center for Research and Development in Food Cryotechnology (CIDCA, CCT CONICET, La Plata, Argentina)

"Proteases are extremely important both from the metabolic/biological and industrial points of view, with a wide range of applications. This book is a comprehensive, practical and focused overview of the main and more recent features related with the available sources, functions and uses of proteases. It is an excellent resource to students, teachers, researchers and industry professionals that need to deal with this class of enzymes." - Cristina Rocha, PhD, Researcher at Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal

"Enzymes are strategic tools for the green industry and, among them, proteases are of main interest because of their wide applications. This book about proteases brings together basic knowledge about sources, classification and mechanisms of reaction of these enzymes, and particular and new concepts regarding proteases of marine, protozoa or vegetal origin, proteases implications in agriculture, and powerful tools related to directed evolution, metagenomics and bioinformatics applied to the screening, development and study of new proteases with enhanced properties. For all that, this book is a very useful and comprehensive source of knowledge and information for students, academics and biotechnologists who are interested in the study, research and application of these enzymes." - Ana Torrado Agrasar, PhD, Professor/Researcher, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, Ourense, Spain

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Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. Volume 2

“The new book titled "Organic and Medicinal Chemistry", edited by Dr. Bimal Krishna Banik, covers a very interesting list of topics involving syntheses and applications of compounds such as beta-lactams, pyrimidines, thiazolidinones, quiinazolines, phosphonates, phosphinates, isoxazolines, pyrroles, polyaromatics and glycosides. The applications especially focus on cancer and apoptosis. The book is highly recommended both for both experts and non-experts who are interested in these important areas." - Arnold L. Demain, Ph. D., RISE Institute of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA

“The edited volume by Dr. Banik is a collection of 18 chapters. The coverage is very broad with topical areas in synthesis of bioactive compounds, heterocyclic/medicinal chemistry, and anticancer agents. It is an informative collection that would benefit researchers working in these areas." - Kenneth Laali, Ph.D., Presidential Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Florida

“I have looked at the contents provided by Dr. Banik. I fully endorse this book. The contents are highly adequate. In my opinion the book is extremely useful for researchers in chemistry all over the world. Each chapter is written by highly competent chemist. Consequently, I highly recommend this book for chemists all over the world.” - Narayan G. Bhat, Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX, USA

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Biocomposites: Properties, Performance and Applications

“This book is a valuable up-to-date addition to the existing literature on the subject of biocomposites. Although many books have been recently published in this very active field of research, most of them focused mainly on just one aspect of the domain. We must keep in mind that biocomposites represent an interdisciplinary category of materials and a linear approach is rather theoretic. This book, on the other hand, focuses on various aspects like structure and properties, performance and applications of these materials, presenting these issues in a strong interdependency, as most of the factors affecting the level of performance of these materials are acting synergistically. Hence, this book addresses to the needs of scientists from universities, academia and industry R&D from multidisciplinary backgrounds.” - Dr. Carmen-Alice Teaca, "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry Romania

"Written by top experts in this field, this book is an excellent addition to the already expanding literature on biocomposites. This book offers up-to-date studies, as well as review articles, on biocomposites. This book is strongly recommended to students, academics and researchers working on biocomposites." - Dr. Mohammad Jawaid, Department of Biocomposite Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

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Analytical Chemistry: Developments, Applications and Challenges in Food Analysis

"Analytical Chemistry: Developments, Applications and Challenges in Food Analysis represents a collection of book chapters showing the fundament of validation and instrumental set up of analytical methods that are used to analyze foods and their ingredients. The different chapters include several topics discussing the validation of analytical methods, extraction procedures, and other multidisciplinary approaches for the analysis of foods, particularly supplements originated from raw plant materials." READ MORE... - Maria Carafa, Professor, Pharmacy and Medicine, "La Sapienza" University of Rome

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New Developments in Liquid Crystals Research

"Cholesteric liquid crystals are historically the first liquid crystalline materials discovered by Friedrich Reinitzer in 1888. Since then, cholesteric liquid crystals are in the focus of scientists and engineers attracting their attention with the peculiar optical and electro-optical properties. Three of the book’s chapters are devoted to different techniques of preparation of microencapsulated polymeric particles and flakes and their electro-optical properties." READ MORE... - Lachezar Komitov, Professor, PhD, CEO Innovidis AB, Sweden, and Liquid Crystal Physics, Department of Physics, Göteborg University

"Liquid crystalline materials are an impressive class of condensed mater combining mobility and order, which gives rise to their unique properties and enables outstanding applications usually associated with liquid crystal displays that can be found in TV screens, computer monitors, tablets, mobile phones, but also in more advanced applications in photonics, telecommunications, medicine and other fields." READ MORE... - Vukoman Jokanovic, PhD, Laboratory of Atomic Physic, Institute of Nuclear Science Vinca, Belgrade, Serbia

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