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Geochemical Rate Models
An Introduction to Geochemical Kinetics

  • Date Published: November 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107029972

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  • This well-organised, comprehensive reference and textbook describes rate models developed from fundamental kinetic theory and presents models using consistent terminology and notation. Major topics include rate equations, reactor theory, transition state theory, surface reactivity, advective and diffusive transport, aggregation kinetics, nucleation kinetics and solid-solid transformation rates. The theoretical basis and mathematical derivation of each model is presented in detail and illustrated with worked examples from real-world applications to geochemical problems. The book is also supported by online resources: self-study problems put students' new learning into practice, and spreadsheets provide the full data used in figures and examples, enabling students to manipulate the data for themselves. This is an ideal overview for graduate students, providing a solid understanding of geochemical kinetics. It will also provide researchers and professional geochemists with a valuable reference for solving scientific and engineering problems.

    • Presents a systematic, logically organised coverage of geochemical kinetics topics and rate models, enabling students to appreciate the interrelation of fundamental theory and models
    • Provides numerous real-world examples of applications of concepts and models to geochemical problems, engaging students with hands-on, relevant data
    • Demonstrates quantitative models using simpler mathematics, helping to build students' quantitative skills
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is a must-read for students who are interested in the rates of geochemical low-temperature processes and their quantitative models.' Julita Biernacka, Geologos

    'The book is well documented with 18 pages of references on geochemical reaction kinetics. Valuable for anyone who seeks to understand geochemical processes or who needs a comprehensive reference on geochemical kinetics. … Highly recommended.' N. W. Hinman, Choice

    '… a delight to read and fills an urgent need for students of geochemistry … this is an excellent textbook for upper class undergraduate and graduate student courses. It is also a great reference book for someone who works in government agencies and oil industries and encounters the topic of kinetics in environmental or production projects. Additionally, I would also recommend this book to any serious researcher who works on kinetic problems. The insights in this book on how to interpret experimental data using geochemical rate models are so valuable, and nobody has more authority than the author in providing these insights.' Chen Zhu, American Mineralogist

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107029972
    • length: 239 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 194 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Geochemical models
    2. Modeling tools
    3. Rate equations
    4. Chemical reactors
    5. Molecular kinetics
    6. Surface kinetics
    7. Diffusion and advection
    8. Quasi-kinetics
    9. Accretion and transformation kinetics
    10. Pattern formation
    References
    Index.

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    J. Donald Rimstidt

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    J. Donald Rimstidt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    J. Donald Rimstidt is a Professor Emeritus of Geochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). During his 30-year career there he has taught several graduate courses, including Aqueous Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, Geochemical Kinetics, and Geochemical Thermodynamics. The effective pedagogic methods from those courses, for building quantitative skills and instructing modelling techniques, underlie this book. Professor Rimstidt is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers, including his seminal article 'Kinetics of Silica-Water Reactions' (with Hu Barnes, 1980) which forms the basis of the quasi-thermodynamic presentation of transition state theory presented in this book.

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