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Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels


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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521114004

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  • Focusing on today's major fuel resources – ethanol, biodiesel, wood, natural gas, petroleum products and coal – this book discusses the formation, composition and properties of the fuels, and the ways in which they are processed for commercial use. It examines the origin of fuels through natural processes such as photosynthesis and the geological transformation of ancient plant material; the relationships between their composition, molecular structures and physical properties; and the various processes by which they are converted or refined into the fuel products appearing on today's market. Fundamental chemical aspects such as catalysis and the behaviour of reactive intermediates are presented, and global warming and anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are also discussed. The book is ideal for graduate students in energy engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemistry, as well as professional scientists and engineers.

    • Provides a thorough treatment of the formation, composition, properties, structure and processing of both fossil and biofuels
    • Integrates explanations of fuel formation, industrial refining, conversion and processing techniques with fundamental concepts in chemical engineering
    • Includes extensive process-flow diagrams which provide clear connections between theory and real-world process applications
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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    'This well-organized, well-written, and fact-laden book is the product of mounting societal attention to the consequences of the the use of carbon fuels for global climate change … an authoritative and detailed explication of the life history of fossil and renewable biofuels … Full understanding of this material will require an undergraduate acquaintance with organic chemistry … Highly recommended.' T. R. Blackburn, Choice

    'This is one of the most remarkable books on chemistry that [it] has been my good fortune to encounter … an outstanding book that should be read by everyone interested in chemistry.' Edward R. Adlard, Chromatographia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521114004
    • length: 497 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 200 b/w illus. 54 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Fuels and the global carbon cycle
    2. Catalysis, enzymes and proteins
    3. Photosynthesis and the formation of polysaccharides
    4. Ethanol
    5. Plant oils and biodiesel
    6. Composition and reactions of wood
    7. Reactive intermediates
    8. Formation of fossil fuels
    9. Structure-property relationships among hydrocarbons
    10. Composition, properties and processing of natural gas
    11. Composition, properties and classification of petroleum
    12. Petroleum distillation
    13. Heterogeneous catalysis
    14. Catalytic routes to gasoline
    15. Middle distillate fuels
    16. Thermal processing in refining
    17. Composition, properties and classification of coals
    18. The inorganic chemistry of coals
    19. Production of synthetic gas
    20. Gas treatment and shifting
    21. Uses of synthetic gas
    22. Direct production of liquid fuels from coal pyrolysis
    23. Carbonization and coking of coal
    24. Carbon products from fossil and biofuels
    25. Carbon dioxide.

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    Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels

    Harold Schobert

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    • Biomass and Biofuels
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    • Energy Use, Impact
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    Harold Schobert, Pennsylvania State University
    Harold H. Schobert is Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science, Pennsylvania State University, and Extraordinary Professor, Coal Research Group, North-West University. A recognized leading authority on energy technology, he has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research on fuel chemistry.


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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