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Environmental Organic Chemistry 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471357506
ISBN-10: 0471357502
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"…a comprehensive set of fundamental concepts that provides the quantitative tools necessary to evaluate the fate of the organic chemicals in the environment…" (Vadose Zone Journal, May 2007)

"…can be considered as the 'Bible of Organic Environmental Chemistry'…. will help to establish the subject discipline in the future" (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 2004)

"…the authors have added substantially new material and improved the consistency of presentation in this second edition. This text should continue to be the leader in the field of environmental organic chemistry." (Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 80, No. 10, October 2003)

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Demonstrates how the chemical structure of organic compounds influences the molecular interactions which control transfer and reaction processes in the natural environment. Thoroughly explains how to quantify these processes using the principles of chemistry, physics and biology in a macroscopic environmental system. Focuses on the behavior of major synthetic organic chemicals introduced in large quantities into the environment. Contains more than 100 illustrations, an extensive bibliography and useful reference material such as constants, units and equations. Serves as a text for introductory courses in environmental organic chemistry as well as a source of information for the professional concerned with risk and hazard assessment of organic chemical pollutants in the environment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 2 edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471357502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471357506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arvind Mohanram on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am using this book as part of my graduate class. Before I got this book, I was using the old edition, believe me the old edition is much simpler, easier to understand than this new one. They have integrated the book with overwhelming symbols for which they do not even have the key/index. You spend a lot of time figuring out what the symbols mean. So, I would recommend that you try to get a hold of the old edition of the book, however remember that the old edition does not cover the modelling part and does not give you exposure to the problem sets.

So, the bottom line is that if you want to get an understanding and feel of the subject goahead for the old edition, but if this is your core area of research and do not mind a bit of complication in the writing and explanation, go for the new edition.
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Compared to the 1st edition this text is about twice the size. It is a monstrously large book. However, the book fails to teach the concepts in a clear fashion required when one is just starting in the field. Too much attention is spent to minute details that confound the subject. A great deal of space is used on deriving formulas.

It is without a doubt that the authors are exceptional minds in their fields, and have a fine understanding of the material. However, speaking as a student, they do me no favors in explaining what is going on. This text needs to be rewritten and edited to serve as a useful textbook for graduate students. Until then, the book will possibly be useful as a reference.
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This book is the standard in environmental organic chemistry. It has good tables and is an excellent book for a class or to use as a reference for a professional. While a few of the chapters spend multiple sections on very narrow examples, that is the nature of the beast right now.
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Probably the best technical science book written on the subject. Schwarzenbach epitomizes the ideal of good technical writing. These kinds of books for students and professionals don't have to be dull as some might casually think of technical manuscripts. One will get the basic principles grounded in thermodynamics and kinetics here without the fluff in books that have the word "environment" in them. The trick of good technical writing is accessibility to readers using "story" development and syntax structure that keeps the reader engaged as they effortlessly assimilate the information.
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This is a very comprehensive environmental chemistry book, and I would highly recommend this book for any graduate level environmental chemistry class. Schwarzenbach's book targets graduate students (or advanced undergraduates) in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering and chemical engineering. As such, the reader should be well versed in chemistry and math including organic chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics. The introductory chapters help catch up the user on organic chemistry but in no way should be the reader's first exposure to chemistry concepts. The strength of this book is to help train students to solve environmental chemistry issues especially organic chemistry, though it does lack a little in transport concepts and inorganic chemistry. However, other texts/classes are need to address these issues.

The book is very thorough and a highly useful reference. Having been a teaching assistant to classes that have used this book as well as lectured from it, I recommend that the entirety of the book be taught over 2 semesters. Trying to teach all this material in two semesters is a challenge let alone one semester.

In summary, this is a great thorough environmental chemistry book that is a great reference as I still go to it from time to time to help solve an address environmental chemistry issues. The book targets graduate students already familiar with organic chemistry and thermodynamics and should be taught over 2 semesters.
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A must have for students and researchers in the field of environmental chemistry. This text pulls together fundamental concepts regarding fate and transport of organic pollutants in a comprehensive and logical manner. I enjoyed reading it the first time when I was using it as a course text, and it has been invaluable as a reference during my research.
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I have used this book while taking a course in environmental chemistry. This book is easy to read, understand and really simplified a very complex and interesting topic. It covers wide range of topics in envrionmental chemistry. I really recommend my fellow students to get this book !
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