The Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles
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