Catalysis is a multidisciplinary activity which is reflected in this book. The editors have chosen a novel combination of basic disciplines - homogeneous catalysis by metal complexes is treated jointly with heterogeneous catalysis with metallic and non-metallic solids. The main theme of the book is the molecular approach to industrial catalysis.

In the introductory section Chapter 1 presents a brief survey of the history of industrial heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Subsequently, a selection of current industrial catalytic processes is described (Chapter 2). A broad spectrum of important catalytic applications is presented, including the basic chemistry, some engineering aspects, feedstock sources and product utilisation. In Chapter 3, kinetic principles are treated.

The section on fundamental catalysis begins with a description of the bonding in complexes and to surfaces (Chapter 4). The elementary steps on complexes and surfaces are described. The chapter on heterogeneous catalysis (5) deals with the mechanistic aspects of three groups of important reactions: syn-gas conversion, hydrogenation, and oxidation. The main principles of metal and metal oxide catalysis are presented. Likewise, the chapter on homogeneous catalysis (6) concentrates on three reactions representing examples from three areas: carbonylation, polymerization, and asymmetric catalysis. Identification by in situ techniques has been included. Many constraints to the industrial use of a catalyst have a macroscopic origin. In applied catalysis it is shown how catalytic reaction engineering deals with such macroscopic considerations in heterogeneous as well as homogeneous catalysis (Chapter 7). The transport and kinetic phenomena in both model reactors and industrial reactors are outlined.

The section on catalyst preparation (Chapters 8 and 9) is concerned with the preparation of catalyst supports, zeolites

Table of Contents

Introductory Section. 1. History of catalysis (J.A. Moulijn, P.W.N.M. van Leeuwen, R.A. van Santen). 2. Catalytic processes in industry (J.A Moulijn et al.). 3. Chemical kinetics of catalysed reactions (F. Kapteijn, J.A. Moulijn, R.A van Santen). Fundamental Catalysis. 4. Bonding and elementary steps in catalysis (B.E. Nieuwenhuys et al.). 5. Heterogeneous catalysis (J.A. Moulijn, V. Ponec). 6. Homogeneous catalysis with transition metal complexes (P.W.N.M. van Leeuwen, G. van Koten). Applied Catalysis. 7. Catalytic reaction engineering (F. Kapteijn, G.B. Marin, J.A. Moulijn). Catalyst preparation. 8. Preparation of catalyst supports and zeolites (E.B.M. Doesburg, J.H.C. van Hooff). 9. Preparation of supported catalysts (J.W. Geus, J.A.R. van Veen). Catalyst Characterization. 10. Catalyst characterization with spectroscopic techniques (J.W. Niemantsverdriet). 11. Temperature programmed reduction, sulphiding (F. Kapteijn, J.A. Moulijn, A. Tafaoui). 12. The use of adsorption methods for the assessment of the surface area and pore size distribution of heterogeneous catalysts (J.J.F. Scholten). Conclusion. 13. Future trends (J.A. Moulijn, P.W.N.M. van Leeuwen, R.A. van Santen). Subject index.


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