The Lewis concept of acids and bases is discussed in every general,organic and inorganic chemistry textbook. This is usually just adescriptive treatment, as it is not possible to devise a singlenumerical scale suitable for all occasions. However quantitativeLewis acid-base chemistry can be developed by compilingreaction-specific basicity scales which can be used in specificbranches of chemistry and biochemistry.
Lewis Basicity and Affinity Scales: Data andMeasurementbrings together for the first time a comprehensiverange of Lewis basicity/affinity data in one volume. More than 2400equilibrium constants of acid-base reactions, 1500 complexationenthalpies, and nearly 2000 infrared and ultraviolet shifts uponcomplexation are gathered together in 25 thermodynamic andspectroscopic scales of basicity and/or affinity. For each scale,the definition, the method of measurement, an exhaustive database,and a critical discussion are given. All the data have beencritically examined; some have been re-measured; literature gapshave been filled by original measurements; and each scale has beenmade homogeneous.
This collection of data will enable experimental chemists tobetter understand and predict the numerous chemical, physical andbiological properties that depend upon Lewis basicity.Chemometricians will be able to apply their methods to the datamatrices constructed from this book in order to identify thefactors which influence basicity and basicity-dependent properties.In addition, measured experimental basicities and affinities areessential to computational chemists for the validation, calibrationand establishment of reliable computational methods for quantifyingand explaining intermolecular forces and the chemical bond.
Lewis Basicity and Affinity Scales: Data and Measurementis an essential single-source desktop reference for researchscientists, engineers, and students in academia, researchinstitutes and industry, in all areas of chemistry from fundamentalto applied research.
"The book is a noteworthy piece of work and represents atimely and vast accumulation of knowledge regarding Lewis basesthat brings together accurate thermodynamic and spectroscopicdata on typical reference Lewis acids. As such, it should serve asa useful and general guide to basicity." J. AM. CHEM.SOC. 2011, 133, 642