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Contemporary Catalysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444634740, 9780081000526

Contemporary Catalysis

1st Edition

Fundamentals and Current Applications

Author: Julian Ross
eBook ISBN: 9780081000526
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444634740
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 16th November 2018
Page Count: 402
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Contemporary Catalysis: Fundamentals and Current Applications deals with the fundamentals and modern practical applications of catalysis. Topics addressed include historical development and the importance of heterogeneous catalysis in the modern world, surfaces and adsorption, the catalyst (preparation and characterization), the reactor (integral and differential reactors, etc.), and an introduction to spectroscopic and thermal characterization techniques. Building on this foundation, the book continues with chapters on important industrial processes, potential processes and separate chapters on syngas production, Fischer Tropsch synthesis, petroleum refining, environmental protection, and biomass conversion. Contemporary Catalysis is an essential resource for chemists, physical chemists, and chemical engineers, as well as graduate and post graduate students in catalysis and reaction engineering.

Key Features

  • Covers all aspects of catalysis in a carefully organized text
  • Includes material on historical development
  • Provides a wide range of student tasks, case studies, and supplementary, web-based materials that are regularly updated


Chemists, Physical Chemists, Chemical Engineers; Graduate and Post graduate students in Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Table of Contents

Part 1: Fundamentals of Heterogeneous Catalysis
1. An Introduction to Heterogeneous Catalysis – Chemistry in Two Dimensions
2. Surfaces and Adsorption
3. How does a Catalyst Work?
4. Catalyst Preparation
5. Catalyst Characterization
6. Catalytic Reactors and the Measurement of Catalytic Behaviour
7. The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Catalytic Reactions
8. Mass and Heat Transfer Limitations and Other Aspects of the Use of Large Scale Catalytic Reactors

Part 2: Current Applications of Heterogeneous Catalysis
9. CO2 and Energy
10. The Production of Energy-Carriers from Oil
11. Production of Hydrogen and Syngas from Methane and Some Other Reactions of Methane
12. Catalytic Reactions involving Syngas, Hydrogen or Carbon Monoxide for the Production of Intermediates and Chemicals
13. Environmental Catalysis
14. Conversion of Hydrocarbons to Intermediates by Catalytic Hydrogenation or Oxidation
15. Catalysis in Biomass Conversion

Appendix: The Use of the Catalysis Literature


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About the Author

Julian Ross

Julian Ross

Julian Ross Julian Ross is a Physical Chemist with wide experience in the field of heterogeneous catalysis applied particularly to the conversion of hydrocarbons and to environmental protection. He is the author of more than 200 publications and has an h-index (Thomson Reuters) of 46 (Scopus 49, Google Scholar 57). He was the founding editor of Catalyis Today and acted as Senior Editor of that jornal for almost 30 years. He has published two books on heterogeneous catalysis: “Heterogeneous Catalysis – Fundamentals and Applications” (Elsevier, 2012) and a revised and much expanded version: “Contemporary Catalysis: Fundamentals and Current Applications” (Elsevier, November 2018). He holds two Honorary Visiting Professorships in China where he has lectured frequently. He has had wide experience assessing projects associated with energy and the environment, for example for EU programmes. He was a member of the Council of Scientists of INTAS (funding projects in the former Soviet Union) and was its Chairman for three years until its disbandonment in 2006. He also served two terms on a European Research Council panel assessing proposals in engineering topics and was Vice-Chair of that panel for the second of these terms. He was a founding member of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineeting and Technology (IRCSET) and served two terms of 5 years each as a member. (IRCSET has since been subsumed in SFI.) He was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2001, was a member of the RIA Council from 2003-2008, Vice President for two successive terms from 2004to 2006 and Treasurer from 2006 to 2008.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, University of Limerick, Ireland; Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA); Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

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