International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry Division
Commission on Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry


(IUPAC Recommendations 1997)

Prepared for publication by M.W.G. de Bolster

Vakgroep Organische en Anorganische Chemie, Faculteit der Scheikunde,Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1083, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Membership of the Working Party 1995-97:

Dr. M.W.G. de Bolster (Chairman, Netherlands), R. Cammack (UK), D.N. Coucouvanis (USA), J. Reedijk (Netherlands), C. Veeger (Netherlands).
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The definitions used in this glossary are identical to those in the published document, see M.W.G. de Bolster, Pure Appl. Chem., 69, 1251-1303 (1997) [Copyright IUPAC; reproduced with the permission of IUPAC]. If you use any of these definitions please cite this reference as their source. A PDF of the printed version is available.

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As well as an introduction and index. All terms are listed alphabetically in the following files: A and B; C and D; E to G; H to L; M to O; P to R and S to Z.

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