Professor Girolami is the author of several popular and highly-praised textbooks, which are described below.

Synthesis and Technique in Inorganic Chemistry

Third Edition (1999), ISBN 0935702-48-2

Gregory S. Girolami, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, and Robert J. Angelici

This laboratory manual introduces students to modern synthetic and instrumental techniques currently used in inorganic chemistry. In this revised third edition, the manual has been updated to reflect new developments in inorganic chemistry, including applications related to biochemistry and materials science. This third edition retains many distinguishing features of its previous editions, such as closely associating synthesis and characterization methods and highlighting a particular technique with each experiment.

Reader's Comments:
"This is an excellent update to a classic Inorganic Chemistry laboratory text. One of the strengths of this book is that there is something here for everyone. The experiments described in the third edition illustrate a wide variety of topics in inorganic chemistry ranging from classic coordination chemistry to more recent advances in the fields of organometallic, solid state, and bioinorganic chemistry. This book will compete favorably with the other books on the market." -- Margret J. Geselbracht, Reed College.

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X-ray Crystallography

First Edition (2016), ISBN 1891389-77-7

Gregory S. Girolami

This is a well-balanced, thorough, and clearly written introduction to the subject. It features excellent illustrations and homework problems throughout, making it invaluable as a textbook. The clear writing style and distinctive approach is well suited for chemists, biologists, materials scientists, physicists, and scientists from related disciplines. It is a great resource for those who are learning the subject for the first time (both advanced undergraduate and graduate students), and for those who have practical experience but seek a handy reference summary.

Reader's Comments:
"This is a very readable text, and generally very well written with good coverage and many excellent exercises. I particularly liked the chapters on symmetry and direct methods." -- Dr. Marvin L. Hackert, The University of Texas at Austin.

"Girolami, an expert in the area, understands key issues of crystallography from the standpoint of a practicing chemist. He communicates in a crisp style. I found his presentation of the topic to be clear and interesting, and would use this text as part of a course in chemical crystallography for advanced undergrads and beginning grad students." -- Professor Eric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania.

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Inorganic Syntheses, vol. 36

First Edition (2014), ISBN 1118744-87-X

Gregory S. Girolami and Alfred P. Sattelberger

This volume of Inorganic Syntheses spans the preparations of wide range of important inorganic, organometallic and solid-state compounds. The volume is divided into 6 chapters. The first chapter contains the syntheses of some key early transition metal halide clusters and the very useful mononuclear molybdenum(III) synthon, MoCl3(THF)3. Chapter 2 covers the synthesis of a number of cyclopentadienyl compounds. Chapter 3 details synthetic procedures for a range of metal-metal bonded compounds, including several with metal-metal multiple bonds. Chapter 4 contains procedures for a range of early and late transition metal compounds, each a useful synthon for further synthetic elaboration. Chapter 5 deals with the synthesis of a number of main group compounds and ligands, while Chapter 6 covers teaching laboratory experiments.

Reader's Comments:
" This latest volume includes procedures for preparing 134 individual substances, arranged in 45 numbered sections in six chapters. The wide variety of useful substances whose syntheses are included make this volume, which maintains the high standards set by its predecessors, particularly timely and practical." -- George B. Kaufmann, California State University.

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