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Periodic Operation of Chemical Reactors

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.


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

Hardbound, 792 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-391854-3


  • 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




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