First book to provide a broad, interdisciplinary overview of volatile molecules Uses a chemical structure-based approach to show how volatile molecules are involved in plant-insect interactions, insect repellents and pest control, pheromones, human perception, synthetic flavours and fragrances, and atmospheric chemistry and pollution.
“Coming to a conclusion, this wonderful, informative and very interesting book presents an excellent overview of small volatile organic compounds and their role in our life and environment. Really fascinating is the entirety of scientific disciplines which were addressed by this book.” -Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 2011 “...this book deserves to be a well-used reference in the library of any laboratory specialising in VOC”. -Chemistry World, 2011 Volatile compounds are molecules with a relatively low molecular weight allowing for an efficient evaporation into the air. They are found in many areas of our everyday-life: they are responsible for the communication between species such as plants, insects or mammals; they serve as flavours or fragrances in many food products or perfumed consumer articles; and they play an important role in atmospheric chemistry. This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to volatile molecules. Review-style introductions to the main topics in volatile chemistry and biology are provided by international experts, building into a broad overview of this fascinating field.
Topics covered include: The structural variety of volatile compounds Biogeneration of volatiles Synthesis of natural and non-natural volatiles Analysis of volatiles Volatile compounds as semiochemicals in plant-plant or plant-insect interactions Volatiles in pest control Pheromones and the influence of volatiles on mammals Olfaction and human perception Volatiles as fragrances The generation of flavours and food aroma compounds Stabilisation and controlled release of volatiles The impact of volatiles on the environment and the atmosphere
Dr. Andreas Herrmann
is a research chemist at Firmenich SA, an international flavour and fragrance company, in Geneve (Switzerland), working on the development of new fragrance delivery systems. He has published a series of research papers on the chemical release of volatiles under mild reaction conditions. He is the author or co-author of about 30 scientific publications and 10 international patent applications.