Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues

Edited by

  • Trevor Letcher, Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Environmental problems are becoming an important aspect of our lives as industries grow apace with populations throughout the world. Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues highlights some of the problems and shows how chemistry can help to reduce these them. The unifying theme is Solubility – the most basic and important of thermodynamic properties. This informative book looks at the importance and applications of solubility and thermodynamics, in understanding and in reducing chemical pollution in the environment. Written by experts in their respective fields and representing the latest findings in this very important and broad area. A collection of twenty-five chapters cover a wide range of topics including; mining, polymer manufacture and applications, radioactive wastes, industries in general, agro-chemicals, soil pollution and biology, together with the basic theory and recent developments in the modelling of environmental pollutants.
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For consultants, industrial/local authority scientists, researchers and graduate and post-graduate students


Book information

  • Published: April 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52707-3

Table of Contents

Basic Theory and ModellingChapter 1: An introduction to modelling of pollutants in the environment (T.M. Letcher).
Chapter 2: Modelling the solubility in water of environmentally important organic compounds(E. Estrada et al.).
Chapter 3: Modeling of contaminant leaching (M. Diaz, D. Apul).Industry and MiningChapter 4: Supercritical fluids and reductions in environmental pollution (K. Yamanaka, H. Ohtaki).
Chapter 5: Phase equilibrium studies on ionic liquid systems for industrial separation processes of complex organic mixtures (P. Reddy, T.M. Letcher).
Chapter 6: Environmental and solubility issues related to novel corrosion control (W.J. van Ooij, P. Puomi).
Chapter 7: The behaviour of iron and aluminum in acid mine drainage: speciation, mineralogy, and environmental significance (J.S. España).Radioactive WastesChapter 8: An evaluation of solubility limits on maximum uranium concentrations in groundwater (T. Iwatsuki, R.C. Arthur).
Chapter 9 : Leaching from cementitious materials used in radioactive waste disposal sites (K. Yokozeki).Air, Water, Soil and RemediationChapter 10: Solubility of carbon dioxide in natural systems (J. Salminen et al.).
Chapter 11: Estimation of the volatilization of organic chemicals from soil (E. Voutsas).
Chapter 12: Solubility and the phytoextraction of arsenic from soils by two different fern species(V. Campos).
Chapter 13: Environmental issues of gasoline additives – aqueous solubility and spills (J. Bergendahl).
Chapter 14: Ecotoxicity of ionic liquids in an aquatic environment (D. Pieraccini et al.).
Chapter 15: Rhamnolipid biosurfactants: solubility and environmental issues (C.N. Mulligan).
Chapter 16: Sorption, lipophilicity and partitioning phenomena of ionic liquids in environmental systems (P. Stepnowski).
Chapter 17: The solubility of hydroxyaluminosilicates and the biological availability of aluminium (C. Exley).
Chapter 18: Apatite group minerals: solubility and environmental remediation (M.C.F. Magalhães, P.A. Williams).Polymer Related IssuesChapter 19: Solubility of gases and vapors in polylactide polymers (R.A. Auras).
Chapter 20: Biodegradable material obtained from renewable resource:plasticized sodium caseinate films (J-L. Audic et al.).
Chapter 21: Supercritical carbon dioxide as a green solvent for polymer synthesis (C.D. Wood et al.).
Chapter 22: Solubility of plasticizers, polymers and environmental pollution (E. Białecka Florjańczyk, Z. Florjańczyk).Pesticides and Pollution Exposure in HumansChapter 23: Solubility issues in environmental pollution (A. Arce, A. Soto).
Chapter 24: Hazard identification and human exposure to pesticides (A. Garrido Frenich et al.).
Chapter 25: Solubility and body fluids (E. Königsberger, LC Königsberger).