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The Chemical Engineer's Book Corner
Author(s): K. Weissermel and H.-J. Arpe
Summary: "Industrial Organic Chemistry" focuses of describing the chemistry behind the most popular organic industrial reactions. Besides covering the most popular reaction schemes used today, this book also does a great job of covering outdated or previously utilized technologies as well. Going a step further, you'll also find out why the newer technologies have replaced the ones of days past.
The book is divided into the following main
Each synthesis is accompanied by information such as industrial reaction schemes, common reaction temperatures and pressures, reaction phase, catalyst description, technology owners, capacity statistics at time of publishing (mid 1990's).
Layout: The use of sidebars to draw out highlights throughout the book makes finding crucial information easy and efficient. Chief reaction schemes are highlighted and often include the heat of reaction. More complicated reaction schemes are provided in the back of the book on foldout sheets to enhance readability. The index is comprehensive enough to make finding what you need even easier.
From the Book:
Highs: Contains information that you're hard pressed to find in any other single reference. Information is presently in an easy to read, concise manner.
Lows: We'd like to see a bit more emphasis on reaction economics. Don't expect to find process flow diagrams and expanded information about the equipment used in the processes.
Overall: This book has helped to answer many questions received from visitors to The Chemical Engineers' Resource Page. If you're involved in the refinery or petrochemical business segment, then this book should certainly be on your shelf. This title would also be of great assistance to students who need further education in industrial chemistry.
Rating: (out of four stars)