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Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis [Hardcover]

Richard I. Masel
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March 15, 2001 0471241970 978-0471241973 1
Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis is a comprehensive guide to chemical kinetics and catalysis, and focuses on the use of computational tools for studying chemical kinetics and catalytic phenomena.  Provides a thorough and up-to-date treatment of chemical kinetics and catalysis, combining traditional background information with the latest computational methods for fitting data to appropriate rate equations. Demonstrates how the vastly improved computational tools now available allow application of kinetic concepts to understanding and predicting the behavior of diverse and complex phenomena, including biological systems, semiconductor growth, and corrosion.
  • Contains chapters reviewing of kinetic concepts, introducing kinetics via rate equations and mechanisms, explaining the theory of reaction rates (a section on trajectory calculations to simulate reactions), predicting potential energy surfaces (methods for directing the reaction rate), and discussing catalysis with a focus on modifying the reaction rate.
  • A useful reference guide, providing the essential basics along with numerous solved examples, problems, and illustrative computer programs.

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"...compared to its predecessors, Dr. Masel?s book stands out with its up-to-date content. The book will find readers in a variety of disciplines..." (Chemical Engineering Progress)

"...comprehensive, up-to-date, and excellent text..." (Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 79, No. 3, March 2002)

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A textbook for kinetics in the twenty-first century


Chemical kinetics is important for understanding a number of processes, including how food is metabolized, how pharmaceuticals function in a biological system, and how pollutants produced by gasoline combustion are converted for release into the atmosphere. The revolution in computational modeling necessitates an updated text that maintains the relevant traditional background while introducing novel computational methods. Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis meets this challenge and provides an appropriate text for the next generation of scientists in this field.

The advent of accurate graphing programs has all but eliminated the use of complex methods to fit data to appropriate rate equations. Within the framework of the traditional theories of kinetics and catalysis, Masel adds explanations of computational graphing programs, numerous solved examples, and problems.

This comprehensive text covers:
* Introduction to kinetics via rate equations and mechanisms
* Theory of reaction rates with a section on utilizing trajectory calculations to simulate reactions
* Prediction of potential energy surfaces including methods for directing the reaction rate
* Examination of catalysis, particularly how solvents, metals, and oxides can be used to modify the potential energy surface for reactions and thereby modify reaction rates

Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis is an indispensable tool for both students and researchers in engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 968 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471241970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471241973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but hampered by mistakes March 12, 2002
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Good book for undergrad and grad students who've already had reactor design and p.chem. Much of the theory, in latter half of the book, takes basis from statistical thermo, so p.chem may be useful. As a student w/o such bkgds, overall I find the book to be very clear in explanation. Delivery of material is deliberate and well thought out. Appreciate the use of many example problems. Unfortunately, no solutions for the Problems at end of chapter.
Unfortunately, the book has a ton of mistakes, some simply typos, but some are very critical mistakes in example problems, some of which are very subtle.
Overall, content is excellent for a one seeking some applicable information (1st half), and those seeking more theoretical treatment (2nd half).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Advanced Reaction Theory July 11, 2002
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This book does a good job of explaining the basis for reaction mechanisms and how catalysts work. The technical level of this book requires students to have at least a couple of advanced chemistry classes, such as physical chemistry, in their background. In summary, buy this book if you are looking to expand your understanding of chemical reactions and have a solid understanding of the basic chemistry principles.
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