Heterocyclic chemistry is a central part of organic chemistry and biochemistry. The term refers to a particular set of chemical structure characteristics, with many drugs and specialty chemicals, and most agrochemicals, containing these characteristics. Heterocyclic Chemistry by Joule & Mills has established itself as the premier textbook of heterocyclic chemistry, used by high level undergraduates, postgraduates and industrial researchers all over the world.
Heterocyclic Chemistry covers the fundamentals of heterocyclic reactivity and synthesis in a way that is understandable to second- and third-year undergraduate chemistry students. It also includes more advanced material, making the book appropriate for postgraduate taught courses and to researchers, either at postgraduate degree level or those working with heterocyclic compounds in industry. Essential teaching material is collected in specific introductory chapters, explaining the principles of heterocyclic reactivity in the simplest terms, suitable either as introductions or as summaries for examination preparation. These chapters are augmented by detailed, systematic discussions of the chemical reactivity of particular heterocyclic systems. References to both primary literature and reviews are given throughout the text, and whilst these are essential for postgraduate teaching and to research workers, they do not interfere with the readability of the text for undergraduate students.