Periodic Operation of Chemical Reactors


  • P. L. Silveston, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
  • R. R. Hudgins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo

This comprehensive review, prepared by 24 experts, many of whom are pioneers of the subject, brings together in one place over 40 years of research in this unique publication. This book will assist R & D specialists, research chemists, chemical engineers or process managers harnessing periodic operations to improve their process plant performance.

Periodic Operation of Reactors covers process fundamentals, research equipment and methods and provides "the state of the art" for the periodic operation of many industrially important catalytic reactions. Emphasis is on experimental results, modeling and simulation. Combined reaction and separation are dealt with, including simulated moving bed chromatographic, pressure and temperature swing and circulating bed reactors. Thus, Periodic Operation of Reactors offers readers a single comprehensive source for the broad and diverse new subject. This exciting new publication is a "must have" for any professional working in chemical process research and development.

Key features:

Provides the only comprehensive reference on the fundamentals, development and applications of periodic reactor operation, using contributions from the research pioneers.

This authoritative reference focuses on applications helping readers to use this book to deliver results in their own work.

Complete literature references will be an invaluable assistance for readers collecting data and models from past research.

About the editors:

Peter L. Silveston is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Professor Silveston has authored or co-authored three previous books on reactor engineering topics as well as close to 300 research publications. He is a graduate of M.I.T. and the Technical University of Munich (Germany).

Robert Hudgins is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are reactor engineering, specifically periodic operation of catalytic reactors, and he has about 250 research publications. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Princeton University.

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Chemical engineers and process engineers and researchers. Industrial researchers dealing with process development and improvement and/or process design - these may be chemists, biochemists or chemical or biochemical engineers


Book information

  • Published: December 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-391854-3

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Hydrogenation Processes

Chapter 3 Catalytic Oxidation and Reduction of Gases

Chapter 4 Partial Oxidation and Dehydrogenation of Hydrocarbons

Chapter 5 Combustion Systems

Chapter 6 Automotive Exhaust Catalysis

Chapter 7 Polymerization Processes

Chapter 8 Catalytic Fluid-Solid Reactions

Chapter 9 Electrochemical Systems

Chapter 10 Biochemical Reactions and Processes

Chapter 11 Miscellaneous Reactions

Chapter 12 Multiple Reactions

Chapter 13 Use of Modulation in Mechanism Studies

Chapter 14 Theoretical Prediction of Reactor Performance

Chapter 15 Pressure Modulation

Chapter 16 Temperature Modulation

Chapter 17 Flow Modulation in 3 Phase Reactors

Chapter 18 Flow Direction Switching

Chapter 19 Control of Modulation System

Chapter 20 Discontinuous Moving Bed Chromatographic Reactors

Chapter 21 Simulated Moving Bed Chromatographic Reactors

Chapter 22 Pressure and Temperature Swing Reactors

Chapter 23 Research and Development Challenges