NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CATALYSIS RESEARCH
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS
Synthesis has a central role in the development of Science especially in Chemistry. The strategies adopted in synthesis of molecules and materials have undergone considerable changes in recent times and it was felt that it may be necessary to assess and assimilate information on this topic in a single place.
Though, no originality is claimed to the contents on this topic, the very fact that the available information on this topic is available in one place itself is considered to be a major step forward. To the best of our knowledge, such an attempt has not yet been made or available in literature, though various comprehensive assessment of various methods have been made and reported in literature.
The contents of this ebook have been generated from the lectures delivered to the summer programme for the Children\u2019s Club during April 14 to April 30, 2008 at the National Centre for Catalysis Research (NCCR). The members of the research community of NCCR are responsible for the compilation of information on each of the topics presented in this ebook.
We have felt the need for a comprehensive compilation on this topic for various reasons and we do hope the scientific community will also feel the same way. It is possible that coverage may not be comprehensive. However, it is our first attempt to tread into an unknown territory in Science and make a compilation. In this sense this can be considered as our humble first attempt. The chapters have been contributed by individuals and hence the language and style may not be uniform though we tried very little to make it uniform.
We are grateful to Mr. Narayanaswamy, Secretary, Children\u2019s Club, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004 for his continuous faith in us and also for providing us opportunity year after year to conduct such programmes. The members of NCCR consider this as a privilege and wish to record their grateful thanks to him.
They also acknowledge the support provided by the administration of IIT, Madras to conduct such programmes.
We do hope this ebook will receive the attention it deserves. We shall be grateful for any useful feedback on this exercise, so that we will be able to implement them in our future endeavours.
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