Some people collect
I collect chemical entities and study their structure, interactions and reactions.
I use a MySQL relational
database called The Chemical Thesaurus Reaction Chemistry Database, or ChemThes – available at www.chemthes.com – to store,
sort, classify and slice 'n' dice information about chemical entities
and the interactions and reactions they undergo.
Against this solid, data driven background, I have studied the ideas of Mendeleeve, Lewis, Pauling, Ingold, Hückel, Pearson, Jørgensen, Fukui, Klopman, Woodward & Hoffmann, Olah, Scerri and many others.
Using software tools – including spreadsheets, relational databases and the Spartan molecular modelling package – I take a combinatorial and systems approach to exploring the reaction chemistry space close to the periodic table of
In the Chemogenesis Web Book I look at the main group binary compounds in terms
of van Arkel-Ketelaar triangles & Laing tetrahedra of structure, bonding
and material type. I use five hydrogen probe experiments to find objects & patterns in reaction chemistry space, including: congeneric arrays, the five reaction chemistries,
the Lewis acid/base interaction matrix and the mechanism matrix.
I explore "Chemistry, The Whole Thing" in terms of complexity and the nature of structural theory.
I seem to be filling part of the scientific story between
the periodic table and the established disciplines of organic and
inorganic chemistry, an area that is poorly covered by traditional
texts. I call this new science 'chemogenesis',
as it deals with the emergence of mechanism and chemical reactivity.
The Chemogenesis Webbook is a completely new chemistry text.
- For the first time chemical structure & reactivity is presented as a linear narrative, rather than as a collection of tenuously connected factoids.
- As the author, I suggest that: the chemogenesis
web book is the chemistry textbook unmuddled.
The Chemogenesis Webbook is also a new type of textbook in that it is dynamic. The ChemThes reaction chemistry database engine is used to drive interactive web pages such as the Binary Material, Thermochemistry, Redox & Addition Synthlets; mini-applications written in MySQL/PHP/Java script that make predictions about chemical structure & reactivity.
At all times the chemogenesis analysis is backed by the rigour and beauty of the relational schema that lies behind The
Chemical Thesaurus reaction chemistry database.