Inorganic Chemistry

An Industrial and Environmental Perspective


  • T. Swaddle, University of Calgary


Upper division and graduate students of chemistry and chemical engineering, practicing chemists (inorganic and industrial), engineers (chemical, metallurgical, environmental), and environmental scientists.


Book information

  • Published: February 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-678550-0


"The standard of writing and production is excellent. The principles are clearly explained and are illustrated by interesting examples. Consequently, the book makes agreeably easy reading and invites browsing....this book can provide the newcomer to inorganic chemistry with a good first insight into a variety of interesting topics,..."
--Steffen Hasenzahl

Table of Contents


The Importance of Inorganic Chemistry: Historical Overview. Occurrence and Uses of the Commonest Elements.

Chemical Energetics: Kinetics and Thermodynamics. Activities in Electrolyte Solutions. Equilibriumand Energy. Temperature and Pressure Dependences of Equilibrium. Chemical Kinetics: Some Basic Principles. Ionization Potential and Electron Affinity. Electronegativity and Bond Energies. Electronegativity and Chemical Properties. Multiple Bonding and its Chemical Consequences. Explosives and Propellants.

Catenation: Inorganic Macromolecules: Factors Favoring Catenation. Homocatenation of Carbon.

Silicates, Aluminates and Phosphates: Silicate Structures. Aluminosilicates. Zeolites. Clays. Silica and Silicate Glasses. Soluble Silicates and Aluminates. Phosphates and Aluminophosphates.

The Atmosphere and Atmospheric Pollution: Carbon Dioxide and "Greenhouse Gases." Carbon Monoxide. Ozone. Nitrogen Oxides. Sulfur Dioxide and Trioxide.

Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potash in Agriculture: Natural Sources of Fixed Nitrogen. Direct Combination of Nitrogen and Oxygen. Ammonia Synthesis. Nitric Acid and Ammonium Nitrate. Sulfates. Phosphates. Potash.

Water Conditioning: The Importance ofWater Treatment. Suspended and Colloidal Matter. Origin and Effects of Dissolved Solids. Treatment for Dissolved Solids. Sewage Treatment. Dissolved Gases. Bacteria and Algae.

Oxidation and Reduction in Solution: Galvanic Cells. Manipulation and use of Electrode Potentials. Pourbaix (Eh – pH) Diagrams. Kinetic Aspects of Electrochemistry: Overpotential. Fuel Cells. Electrochemical Energy Storage Cells. Electrolysis, Electroplating, and Electroforming.

Corrosion of Metals: Bimetallic Corrosion. Single-Metal Corrosion. The Role of Oxide Films. Crevice and Intergranular Corrosion. Corrosion by Acids and with Complexing Agents. The Role of Overpotential in Corrosion. Control of Corrosion. Stainless Steels. Magnetic Materials and Superconductors.

Subject Index.