Preface. List of Contributors. Introduction to asphaltenes and asphalts, volume 2 (G.V. Chilingarian, T.F.Yen). The realms and definitions of asphaltenes (T.F. Yen). Understanding metals in fossil fuels: a perspective of contributions by T.F. Yen (J.G. Reynolds). Monte Carlo simulation of asphaltene structure, reactivity and reaction pathways (M. Neurock, M.T. Klein). Thermodynamic properties of asphaltenes: a predictive approach based in computer assisted structure elucidation and atomistic simulations (M.S. Diallo, T. Cagin, J.L. Faulon, W.A. Goddard III). Kinetics and mechanisms of asphaltene cracking during petroleum recovery and processing operations (A. Chakma). Asphaltene hydroconversion (R.B. Solari). Theoretical principles of the bitumen structure and the role of asphaltenes (based on rheulogical method) (L.M. Gokhman). Electrical spin resonance study of bituminous substances and asphaltenes (H.-L. Chang, G.K. Wong, J.-R. Lin, T.F. Yen). Chemical composition and characteristics of residues of chinese crude oils (W.-J. Liang, G.-H. Que, Y.-Z. Chen, C.-G. Liu). Analysis of asphalt and its components by thin-layer chromatography (K. Dunn, G.V. Chilingarian, H. Lian, Y.Y. Wang, T.F. Yen). Precipitation of asphaltenes in heavy oil and tar sands (N.F. Carnahan). Characterization of asphaltenic deposits from oil production and transportation operations (L. Carbognani, J. Espidel, A. Izquierdo). Chemical composition of asphalt as related to asphalt durability (J.C. Petersen). Bitumen associated with petroleum formation, evolution and alteration - review and case studies in Chins (Z.-J. Wu, P. Peng, J.-M. Fu, G.-Y. Sheng, D.-H. Liu). Asphalt oxidation (F.C. Thyrion). A kinetic approach to the aging of bitumens (A.F. Verhasselt). Oil shales in asphalt mixes (D. Vitorović, D. Svetel). Sulphur-modified asphalts (I. Gawel). Production and research development of asphalts in China (Y.-H. Fan, C.-X. Zhang, G.-J. Ding, Y.-Z. Zhang). Wax precipitation from petroleum fluids: a review (C. Lira-Galeana, A. Hammami). Subject Index.