About the book
Aldehydes are widely available in nature and known to humanity from ancient times starting from formalin for embalming and preservation. Their importance in science, technology as perfumes, fragrances and drug formulations are known to mankind since antiquities. Aldehydes are a technology haven with vast industrial applications. They are widely found in nature including in plants, microorganisms, animals, and humans and find application in different sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food, fragrance, cosmetics. In the last few decades, asymmetric induction through reduction and other functional group modifications by means of organometallic chemistry and biotechnologies were developed yielding chiral compounds with high selectivity and specificity like menthol, leading also to Nobel prize. The synthesis of aldehydes and manufacturing processes including microbial engineering is essential chemistry. Thus in the coming decade aldehydes will be of significant interest in microbial and metabolic engineering which will show mechanistic pathways to convert aldehyde to alcohol as an emerging product in today’s energy scenario and other biochemical and value-added products. Recent years have seen organometallic catalysis, asymmetric induction and VLPC reactions of aldehydes as versatile synthetic methodologies.