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Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications Hardcover – March 17, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1st edition (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527318240
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527318247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Everything about this book is reader-friendly, from the well-designed figures and the use of color to the complete titles in the references. The writing is crisp and engaging, with morsels of historical facts and details scattered throughout the text.” (Journal of Chemical Education, February 2010)

"I read this book with great pleasure. It is well worth the affordable price … .Very readable and informative, with some interspersed historic annotations, which make certain developments easier to understand." (ChemSusChem, December 2008)

"The author's highly readable and concise style results in a comprehensive treatment of catalysis that will make of this book a lasting reference for chemistry scholars at all levels." (Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, September 2008)

"This book will help graduate students and pharmaceutical scientists and technologists enhance their understanding of green-chemistry applications and their implications for the environment.  It is a useful resource for professionals seeking synthetic methods that are efficient and environmentally benign." (Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine, September 2, 2008)

"This book is informative and fascinating, and will be a solid work for catalysis course or a worthwhile investment for an interested student." (CHOICE, September 2008)

One of those timely books that does not leave you empty-handed … The more I read the book the more interested and surprised I was. (Chemistry World, July 2008)

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This introductory textbook covers all aspects of catalysis. It also bridges computational methods, industrial applications and green chemistry, with over 700 references. The author, a renowned researcher in catalysis, teaches scientific writing as well as chemistry. This makes him the ideal person to write such a textbook. The effectiveness of his practical approach has been well proven in courses for undergraduates and graduates (in 2007 he was voted "lecturer of the year" by the chemistry students).
Following an introduction to green chemistry and the basics of catalysis, the book covers biocatalysis, homogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as computer applications in catalysis research.
Each chapter also features integrated exercises that help students prepare for their exams.

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The text read very well and the figures were clear.
M. J. Allen
This book on catalysis written by Professor Rothenberg is an excellent addition to the chemical literature, and should be a must acquistion for all research libraries.
Donald Darensbourg
I plan to use this affordable, up-to-date book as a main text for an introductory graduate/advanced undergraduate level course in catalysis.
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This 279-page book, "Catalysis" by Prof. Gadi Rothenberg is an interesting perspective to catalysis chemistry. That is, it stems from contemporary concepts that have acquired international relevance, namely, "Green and Sustainable." There are a total of six chapters. starting with what green chemistry is, and what sustainable methods are. Chapter 2 addresses the fundamentals of catalysis including energy diagrams as well as basic kinetics. Chapter 3 discusses homogenous catalysis by both metals as well as organocatalysis, and the concept of catalyst recovery and recycling, which is critical to greener and conservative catalytic processes. Chapter 4 is on heterogeneous catalysis, which is has more of a materials chemistry and process perspective. This chapter also includes a section on the use of ionic liquids that is currently in vogue. Chapter 5 involves biocatalysis such as those by enzymes, catalytic antibodies, RNA, and other biologically-derived agents. The final chapter, number 6, deals with the applications of computers to catalysis chemistry (an area which this reader cannot offer meaningful comments on).

Generally, the book is written in a manner that is easy to follow. It has good illustrations and many in color. There are no apparent errors in the descriptions or illustrations. Each chapter has its own set of references and end-of-chapter problems (this reader assumes that the solutions may be available to bona fide instructors).

From the standpoint of usage. This book could serve either as a course text for a special topics on green and sustainable catalysis methods, or a part of the text would be usable in a more general catalysis course. Clearly, the book is a valuable addition to any institutional library.
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G. Rothenberg's book on catalysis presents a unified view of the field. Catalysis is an extremely active area of research but it is too fragmented. This makes it difficult for young researchers to gain a balanced overview.
Presenting concepts of homogeneous-, heterogeneous- and enzymatic catalysis in a single textbook with carefully selected examples makes it an outstanding support for an advanced course on catalysis. I highly recommend this book as well as the accompanying powerpoint slides of the figures.
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Catalysis, by Gadi Rothenberg, is a book I strongly recommend to people who are teaching graduate level courses as well as research scientists who are interested in expanding their knowledge in any aspect of catalysis. It is written in such a manner as to ease the reader into complex areas of research by clarifying and revisiting fundamentals of the topics discussed. It is an ideal book for both upper undergraduate education as well as early graduate level courses. It also has questions at the back of every chapter. This book is written with the concept of Green Chemistry in mind, which makes it a desirable book to have as an inspiration for modern day demands in research. A notable and unique strength of this book resides in its ability to integrate various aspects of catalysis such as: homogeneous, heterogeneous, inorganic, organic, bioorganic, biochemical and even the involvement of computational applications, in an effective manner. The figures and diagrams used along with the analogies employed in the description make this book a true pleasure to read. The accompanying website is also a great tool to aid in lecturing as well as for direct links to the scientific literature.

Nasri Nesnas, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Florida Institute of Technology
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This is a great book for a course on catalysis for advanced undergraduates or new graduate students. I liked the well rounded nature of the book; the author covered different types of catalysis that are not always grouped together. I also appreciated the green chemistry perspective, and I think that students would feel the same way. The text read very well and the figures were clear. I'm not teaching a catalysis course, but if I do in the future, I would definitely use this book.
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This is an outstanding book! Written by one of Europe's leading chemists. It covers all of the fields of catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic) as well as emerging fields of green chemistry, computational chemistry, topology and library generation. It has a very cogent chapter on kinetics. The book is written with an enthusiastic writing style and healthy sense of humor; it is clear, consise(279 pp.), creative, well-referenced and filled with fantastic illustrations. I plan to use this affordable, up-to-date book as a main text for an introductory graduate/advanced undergraduate level course in catalysis. This is also a fantastic book for general reading by any chemist and chemical engineer who is looking to update and broaden his and her knowledge of catalysis.

Also, check out the brilliant web-site [...] that the author maintains for this book. It has slides for lectures, answers to some of the problems and provides links to all available references. This web-site is extremely well done and useful!
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