Chemistry of the Environment


  • Ronald Bailey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
  • Herbert Clark, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
  • James Ferris, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
  • Sonja Krause, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
  • Robert Strong, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.

Emphasizing new science essential to the practice of environmental chemistry at the beginning of the new millennium, this book describes the atmosphere as a distinct sphere of the environment and the practice of industrial ecology as it applies to chemical science. It includes extensive coverage of nuclear chemistry, covering both natural environmental sources and anthropogenic sources, their impacts on health, and their role in energy production, that goes well beyond the newspaper coverage to discuss nuclear chemistry and disposal in a balanced and scientifically rational way.
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Audience: Upper undergraduate and graduate level students studying environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, industrial ecology, and general biology.


Book information

  • Published: March 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-073461-0


"This is a timely work with political overtones, rigorously treated topics, lavish data, adequate illustrations (including colour plates), some gems of information, high drama and occasional dark humour.
The reading lists are extensive and the exercises searching, although one would have welcomed solutions to numerical problems. The book is both a reference source and a required text for courses in environmental chemistry ranging up to honours degree or beyond."

C.G. Taylor, CHROMATOGRAPHIA, Volume 59, February 2004

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Atmospheric Composition and Behavior3. Energy and Climate4. Principles of Photochemistry5. Atmospheric Photochemistry6. Petroleum, Hydrocarbons and Coal7. Soaps, Synthetic Surfactants, and Polymers8. Haloorganics and Pesticides9. Chemistry in Aqueous Media10. The Environmental Chemistry of Some Important Elements11. Water Systems and Water Treatment12. The Earth's Crust13. Principles of Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry14. The Nuclear Environment15. Energy16. Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling