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Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1st edition (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527318240
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527318247
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 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: #816,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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The textbook of Rothenberg is a blessing to anyone who teaches or studies catalysis. It emphasizes two important and previously neglected topics in textbooks on catalysis, namely the "green" aspects of this key element of chemistry; and the emerging role of computational chemistry in the rational design and in the mechanistic understanding of catalytic processes (Chapter 6). The textbook leads the scholar gradually from basic concepts of green chemistry, through basic concepts in catalysis and surface science, emphasizes - and rightly so - heterogeneous processes, and provides ample examples from currently practiced industrial catalytic processes. Yet another unique feature of the book is its unified vision of the whole field in its most general definition: Experiments and theory, biocatalytic processes and classical catalytic processes, all emerge as one comprehensive field.
The full referencing, which includes also the titles of the papers, is a blessing, and serves as an invaluable additional source of information. The web site which accompanies the book ([...]) is a treasure-place by itself with plenty of useful features, such as lecture slides which accompany each chapter, and plenty of exercises.
This is a "must" book for teachers and for anyone who wishes to get a modern overview of catalysis.

Prof. David Avnir
Institute of Chemistry
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
May 30th, 2008
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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
Melbourne, Florida, USA
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A concise and readable book ideal for all, from tutors and students at once, covering the broad spectrum of basic catalysis chiefly from the view of a blessed speaker and tutor. Prof. Rothenberg describes catalysis in a manner easily understood to a newcomer to the field, in a way that is both clear from the theoretical point of view but also practical and well explained using real life examples and links to articles and DOI's,for the first time in a book.... a blessed idea aiming to help the reader to enjoy the reading. The real strength of the textbook is in the clarity of explanation of catalysis in all aspects - a very multifaceted subject - from a chemical and physical viewpoint. Prof.Rothenberg traverses the field of catalysis and biocatalysis from the fundamentals to industrial processes, illuminating the key concepts and experimental methods on the way.
In conclusion, this is a brilliant and comprehensive account of basic catalysis and biocatalysis that will be of great help for those trying to keep students in the Chemistry arena. As a veteran Chemistry teacher, I can say that it is the only textbook that combines all the catalysis related disciplines in a clear manner.

I would like very much to see this kind of books for General Chemistry courses.
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