Adsorption, Ion Exchange and Catalysis is essentially a mixture of environmental science and chemical reactor engineering. More specifically, three important heterogeneous processes, namely, adsorption, ion exchange and catalysis, are analysed, from fundamental kinetics to reactor design with emphasis on their environmental applications. In Chapter 1, the subject of air and water pollution is dealt with. Data about pollutants and emission sources are given and the treatment methods are shortly presented. In Chapter 2, the very basics and historical development of adsorption, ion exchange and catalysis are presented as well as their environmental applications. Chapter 3 is devoted to heterogeneous processes and reactor analysis. All types of reactors are described in depth and reactor modelling, hydraulics and mass/heat transfer phenomena are examined for each type of reactor. Chapters 4 and 5 are dedicated to adsorption & ion exchange and catalysis, respectively. The basic principles are presented including kinetics, equilibrium, mass/heat transfer phenomena as well as the analytical solutions of the reactor models presented in Chapter 3. In the sixth chapter, the subject of scale up is approached. The two Annexes at the end of the book contain physical properties of substances of environmental interest as well as unit conversion tables. Finally, nearly all the examples contained are based on real experimental data found in literature with environmental interest. Most of the examples consider all aspects of operation design – kinetics, hydraulics and mass transfer.

Key Features

* Provides basic knowledge of major environmental problems and connects them to chemical engineering


Chemical engineers, consultants, physical chemists, adsorption scientists, colloid chemists

Table of Contents

1. Air and Water Pollution
2. Adsorption, Ion Exchange and Catalysis
3. Heterogeneous Processes and Reactor Analysis
4. Adsorption and Ion Exchange
5. Catalysis
6. Reactors Scale up
7. Literature
8. Annexes


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About the authors

Stavros Poulopoulos

Dr. Stavros G. Poulopoulos has studied Chemical Engineering and holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the National Technical University of Athens in the field of environmental protection. He has conducted research for 15 years on the treatment of gaseous emissions and toxic wastewaters. His work as an author includes 24 articles in international scientific journals, 26 announcements in scientific conferences and one book on adsorption, ion exchange and catalysis. Besides his academic activities, he has been working as environmental specialist at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks since 2007.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Vassilis Inglezakis

Dr. Vassilis J. Inglezakis is Chemical Engineer holding PhD in the field of environmental technologies. He is director of SC European Focus Consulting srl, Romania since 2007 working on international environmental projects while in the same time is external collaborator of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology within the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has published 5 books, 43 papers in academic Journals and 59 announcements in conferences while he has been reviewer in 31 academic Journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece