Contemporary Catalysis: Fundamentals and Current Applications deals with the fundamentals and modern practical applications of catalysis. Topics addressed include historical development and the importance of heterogeneous catalysis in the modern world, surfaces and adsorption, the catalyst (preparation and characterization), the reactor (integral and differential reactors, etc.), and an introduction to spectroscopic and thermal characterization techniques. Building on this foundation, the book continues with chapters on important industrial processes, potential processes and separate chapters on syngas production, Fischer Tropsch synthesis, petroleum refining, environmental protection, and biomass conversion. Contemporary Catalysis is an essential resource for chemists, physical chemists, and chemical engineers, as well as graduate and post graduate students in catalysis and reaction engineering.
- Covers all aspects of catalysis in a carefully organized text
- Includes material on historical development
- Provides a wide range of student tasks, case studies, and supplementary, web-based materials that are regularly updated
Part 1: Fundamentals of Heterogeneous Catalysis
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Heterogeneous Catalysis
Chemistry in Two Dimensions
Chapter 2: Surfaces and Adsorption
Chapter 3: How does a Catalyst Work?
Chapter 4: Catalyst Preparation
Chapter 5: Catalyst Characterization
Chapter 6: Catalytic Reactors and the Measurement of Catalytic Behaviour
Chapter 7: The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Catalytic Reactions
Chapter 8: Mass and Heat Transfer Limitations and Other Aspects of the Use of Large Scale Catalytic Reactors
Part 2: Current Applications of Heterogeneous Catalysis
Chapter 9: CO2 and Energy
Chapter 10: The Production of Energy-Carriers from Oil
Chapter 11: Production of Hydrogen and Syngas from Methane and Some Other Reactions of Methane
Chapter 12: Catalytic Reactions involving Syngas, Hydrogen or Carbon Monoxide for the Production of Intermediates and Chemicals
Chapter 13: Environmental Catalysis
Chapter 14: Conversion of Hydrocarbons to Intermediates by Catalytic Hydrogenation or Oxidation
Chapter 15: Catalysis in Biomass Conversion
Appendix: The Use of the Catalysis Literature
Julian Ross has been actively involved in research on surface chemistry and catalysis for more than 50 years. Although he has always worked in an academic environment (UK, The Netherlands, and Ireland), he has throughout his career been closely associated with industrial catalysis companies and has acted as a consultant to many of those active in the field. He is author of more than 200 publications as well as of a significant number of patents on catalysts and processes; his work has been highly cited, his h-index in 2018 being 48 (Scopus). He has supervised more than 50 PhD theses and some 20 post-doctoral researchers working on topics such as natural gas conversion, selective oxidation, membrane catalysis, zirconia as a catalyst support, environmental catalysis, and biomass conversion. He was editor of Catalysis Today (Elsevier) for more than 25 years; in that capacity, he was responsible for commissioning and supervising the production of specialised issues reporting research on most modern areas of catalysis. His book, "Heterogeneous Catalysis - Fundamentals and Applications was published by Elsevier in 2012; the current volume is a modified and much expanded version. A blog giving details of the content and related material is to be found at: www.contemporarycatalysis.wordpress.org.