Methanol - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444639035, 9780444640109


1st Edition

Science and Engineering

Editors: Angelo Basile Francesco Dalena
eBook ISBN: 9780444640109
Paperback ISBN: 9780444639035
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2017
Page Count: 612
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Methanol: Science and Engineering provides a comprehensive review of the chemistry, properties, and current and potential uses and applications of methanol.

Divided into four parts, the book begins with a detailed account of current production methods and their economics. The second part deals with the applications of methanol, providing useful insights into future applications.

Modeling of the various reactor systems is covered in the next section, with final discussions in the book focusing on the economic and environmental impact of this chemical. Users will find this to be a must-have resource for all researchers and engineers studying alternative energy sources.

Key Features

  • Provides the latest developments on methanol research
  • Reviews methanol production methods and their economics
  • Outlines the use of methanol as an alternative green transportation fuel
  • Includes new technologies and many new applications of methanol


Chemistry and chemical engineers researching catalytic phenomena in an academic /government /industrial research environment as well as materials scientists. The book is a key reference text for R&D managers in industry interested in the development of bioenergy technologies as well as academic researchers and postgraduate students

Table of Contents

Part 1: Science and Production
1. Methanol to chemicals: reactions, reactivities and applications. An overview
2. Biomass and biogas to methanol
3. Waste as a source of carbon for methanol production
4. Kinetics analysis of methanol production processes
5. Direct synthesis of methanol and dimethylether: thermodynamic analysis and selective membrane application
6. Direct methane to methanol: actual status and future prospect
7. A review on methanol synthesis beyond chemical equilibrium

Part 2: Application and Innovation
8. Reforming and methanol partial oxidation reactions of methanol for hydrogen production
9. Methanol to gasoline and olefins: methanol as a fuel
10. Methanol to dimethylether
11. Methanol as an internal combustion engine fuel
12. Methanol opportunities for electricity and hydrogen production in bioelectrochemical systems
13. Ethanol purification from methanol via pervaporation using membranes
14. Direct methanol alkaline fuel cells
15. Co-production of electrical energy and methanol in IGCC plants

Part 3: Modelling and Technology
16. State of the art of conventional reactors for methanol production
17. Modelling in methanol synthesis
18. Modeling and control of the output current of a reformed methanol fuel cell system 
19. A comparative study of CO2 utilization in methanol synthesis with various syngas production technologies
20. Inorganic membrane reactors for methanol synthesis
21. Highly conductive structured catalysts for the intensification of the methanol synthesis in multitubular reactors
22. Methanol production in thermally coupled, fluidized bed, bubble column and membrane reactors
23. Separation of methanol from ethanol at industrial level
24. Modeling the methanol reforming
25. Modeling of the Di Methyl Ether Production Reactors
26. Modeling and control of the output current of a reformed methanol fuel cell system
27. Electrical Vehicles Using a Reformed Methanol Fuel Cell

Part 4: Environment and Economy
28. Methanol economy: environment, demand, and marketing
29. Economic assessment of methanol production
30. Cost estimation of an integrated system for co-production of electricity and methanol
31. A technical and economic comparison of biodiesel production using methanol and ethanol


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About the Editor

Angelo Basile

Basile, a Chemical Engineer, is a Senior Researcher at the ITM-CNR where is responsible of the researches related to both the ultra-pure hydrogen production and CO2 capture using Pd-based Membrane Reactors. With 130 scientific papers in peer to peer journals and 230 papers in international congresses; editor/author of 25 scientific books and 80 chapters on international books on membrane science and technology; 6 Italian patents, 2 European patents and 5 worldwide patents. He is referee of 87 international scientific journals and Member of the Editorial Board of 18 of them. Basile is also Editor associate of the Int. J. Hydrogen Energy And Editor-in.-chief of the Int. J. Membrane Science & Technol., and also prepared 25 special issues on membrane science and technology for many international journals (IJHE, Chem. Eng. J., Cat. Today, etc.). He participated to and was/is responsible of many national and international projects on membrane reactors and membrane science. Basile served as Director of the ITM-CNR during the period Dec. 2008 – May 2009. In the last years, he was tutor of 30 Thesis for master and Ph.D. Students at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Calabria (Italy). Form 2014 Basile is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering Processes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute on Membrane Technology, Italian National Research Council, ITM-CNR, c/o University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

Francesco Dalena

Francesco Dalena is a PhD student in "translational medicine". His degree is in Chemistry with a specialization in "Chemistry of advanced materials" at the Chemistry Department of the University of Calabria (Italy). His research field ranges from membrane reactors (in which the scope came out several scientific papers and book-chapters), to research on chemical kinetics and in the chemistry of artistic masterpiece. Recently he was involved in functionalization of cellulose fibres with which the project has also produced a patent. Recently, Dalena published a book title "Alcohol and bioalcohol: characteristic, proprieties and use" as a co-editor and is also co-editor of the two books (in preparation): “H2 production and separation /purification” (Senior Commissioning Editor – Books), and “Bioenergy: Systems for the Future” (Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Chemical Department, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy