Project Details Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry - Revised 'Red Book' - Part I

Project No.: 
Start Date: 
01 January 1999
End Date: 
31 December 2005


To update and rationalize the current Red Book (RBI – Recommendations 1990), making it consistent with current nomenclature practice, particularly with CNOC. Simplify in some areas to make RBI a widely used Handbook (cross referencing to more detailed publications, e.g. as planned for the boranes, and other Pure Appl. Chem. publications, and to other books, such as Red Book – Part II


!! book access – full text pdf with bookmark by chapters and sections – pdf 4.13 MB


Project begun Summer ’98, with 2 years’ duration. The production of the book will be iterative with detailed comments from CNIC members on all chapters required to ensure consistency throughout. Comments from the chemical community will be welcome.

‘Names for inorganic radicals’ published in Pure Appl. Chem., 72(3), 437-446, 2000 [], will form the basis for a revised section on radicals.


– project announcement published in Chem. Int. 21(5) 1999

April 2004 – A complete draft has been submitted to public review comments until 31 August 2004


Sep 2005 – Project completed – Book published by RSC, 2005 [ISBN 978-0-85404-438-8] [link to RSC shop or ebook]

– book access – full text pdf with bookmark by chapters and sections – pdf 4.13 MB

– book announcement Chem. Int. Nov-Dec 2005 and short review Chem Int, Sep-Oct 2007, p. 14

> corrections compiled by G. P. Moss


July 2017The Portuguese translation is made available a few days prior the 2017 Congress/GA to be held in Sao Paulo

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