This book is well organized. It begins by introducing material balance models for Batch Reactors, Plug Flow Reactors and Continuous Stirred Tank Reactors. And then it moves on to Energy Balance for these 3 types of reactors. The step by step derivation is great. There are also lots of graphs to help the reader visualize the behavior of reactors. The problems in the back of each chapter are terrific and provide a review/summary of the chapter. In addition, the author's website provide lecture slides and sample exams that further strengthen your understanding.
This book is probably one of the best Chem Eng books I own. It is well suited for an undergrad and beginning grad course in reactor engineering. Topics are covered in a concise and to-the-point manner, making the book easy to read and providing all the necessary info required for a one-semester course. I especially like the detail to computational methods. Also, detailed code is provide on the authors (JBR) webpage so that the student can reproduce all the figures in the book, and perhaps learn at trick or two wrt octave or matlab simulation languages. I frequently refer to this book over others such as Fogler or Levenspiel. That being said, I would highly recommend this book.
This book is very difficult to use as a first look at reactor kinetics, but it is fantastic as a supplementary volume. This book will guide you through the solution of every possible real life scenario (s.s. vs transient, compressible vs incompressible, VdW vs RK vs PR equations of state, deterministic vs stochastic, etc), you just need some background in the subject to be able to decipher it. I highly recommend this book.
This is a very well-written text that, though assuming prior exposure, builds from fundamentals rapidly to an advanced treatment of the topic. I found this to be a very accessible book, and appreciate the emphasis placed on matlab throughout it.
Since textbooks are mandated by the instructor or school, let this review serve as a warning rather than a recommendation.
This book is poorly organized and fails to adequately explain many concepts. It also skips an inordinate amount of steps in derivations leaving you scratching your head wondering what they did. Examples are virtually non-existent.
The only reason we used this book instead of Fogler's is because both authors have connections to our University. It's a terrible piece of work.