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The Portable Chemist's Consultant

A Survival Guide for Discovery, Process, and Radiolabeling

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This is a chemistry book like no other. This is your virtual consultant. If you work in any chemical company, our aim is to make this your survival guide. This is your portable consultant, available 24/7, and offering advice that cannot be obtained by cursory use of search engines. This consultant doesn't charge an hourly rate, has no ego, and is being constantly updated and improved upon. At no additional cost. In Part 1, The Portable Chemist's Consultant places particular emphasis on heterocyclic chemistry since this is the bedrock of society-shaping materials such as medicines and agrochemicals. Beautiful interactive graphics are designed to rapidly solve your problems by being both immersive and rapidly absorbed. In Part 2, a broad coverage of solutions to the most encountered problems and issues of industrial chemists is presented. We call it "speed consulting" - an amalgamation of dozens of commonly encountered problems and their best current solution. Finally, it features an extensive appendix with interesting topics for more advanced or specialized readers. All of the content is searchable with a built-in search engine. As alluded to above, The Portable Chemist's Consultant contains information that cannot easily be gleaned from online search engines and features objective advice to help navigate the ocean of data facing today's chemist. Our inspiration comes directly from the popular magazine Consumer Reports, run by a non-biased and non-profit organization to provide useful advice to consumers. In a similar vein, this book aims to save practicing chemists time, money, and frustration with simple advice often given in a rapidly absorbed graphical format. Advice is given with one sole criterion in mind: What would we do when faced with a similar problem? It is based on an extensive study of the literature, hands-on experience, and feedback from a decade of consulting in several sectors of industry such as pharmaceutical development, radiochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and agrochemistry. At the same time, this is an educational textbook based, in part, on a class in Heterocyclic Chemistry taught at the Scripps Research Institute for several years. Embedded videos from this class can be found throughout. This book was carefully created exclusively for the iPad featuring interactive figures, videos, and extensive hyperlinks to the literature. It will be suitable for both seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike. Best of all, it will be continually updated with new multimedia content, additional chapters, and tips even Google will not find. This book was designed with the reader in mind, and therefore comments, feedback, and suggestions for future updates to the book are most welcome. For more information, visit our website at

What's New in Version 2.7.1

Version 2.7 of the book (1003 pages) is launched. Updates include the pyrazole substitution section, the quinoline chapter, and parts of a 5/6-fused heteroarene chapter. Version 2.7.1 is launched to fix typos and other errors.

Customer Reviews

Ready reference with experimentals

Easy reading, easy to refer back!! A very useful book to learn from for the beginner and a reference book for the experienced practising chemist. A must have for every medicinal chemist. Getting this book is like getting a lifetime membership for a small upfront fee. I am looking forward to the updates. A few years from now, I imagine this book will grow in content such that I may not need to refer to another book or even read chemistry journals. This book will take care of the upcoming literature for me.

I also like the speed consulting part of the book. However, the questions posed are a bit generic. Hopefully, real live examples will be added in the future to make it a super learning experience.

Overall, this is an innovative approach to disseminate knowledge in a lucid yet usefull fashion. Great book !

Excellent work

The book is great for those who are involved in this area. Hope the new version will come out soon. Great work!

The Portable Chemist's Consultant
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Chemistry
  • Published: Dec 13, 2016
  • Publisher: Apple Publishing Group
  • Seller: Phil S. Baran
  • Print Length: 1003 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 2.7.1
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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