Heterogeneous Catalysis

1st Edition

Fundamentals and Applications

Print ISBN: 9780444638403
eBook ISBN: 9780080956848
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 16th September 2011
Page Count: 232
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Heterogeneous catalysis plays a part in the production of more than 80% of all chemical products. It is therefore essential that all chemists and chemical engineers have an understanding of the fundamental principles as well as the applications of heterogeneous catalysts. This book introduces the subject, starting at a basic level, and includes sections on adsorption and surface science, catalytic kinetics, experimental methods for preparing and studying heterogeneous catalysts, as well as some aspects of the design of industrial catalytic reactors. It ends with a chapter that covers a range of examples of important catalytic processes.

The book leads the student to carrying out a series of "tasks" based on searches of the internet and also on the use of web-based search tools such as Scopus or Web of Science. These tasks are generally based on the text; they can be used entirely for self-study but they can also be tailored to the requirements of a particular course by the instructor/lecturer giving the course.

The author has had over 40 years of experience in catalytic research as well as in lecturing on the principles of catalysis. He was for more than 20 years the Editor of Catalysis Today.

Key Features

  • Coverage of all aspects of catalysis in carefully organised text
  • Inclusion of material on the historical development of the subject and the personalities involved
  • All concepts illustrated by practical examples
  • Inclusion of a wide range of problems and solutions, case studies, and supplementary web based material which will be regularly updated
  • Author has over 40 years research experience of almost all covered subjects
  • Provides companion materials webiste


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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Heterogeneous Catalysis – Chemistry in Two Dimensions
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Historical Background to Catalysis

  • Chapter 2. Surfaces and Adsorption
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Clean Surfaces
    • 2.3. Langmuir's Work on Adsorption
    • 2.4. The Langmuir Isotherm
    • 2.5. The Chemisorption of Hydrogen
    • 2.6. The Chemisorption of More Complex Molecules
    • 2.7. Non-homogeneous Surfaces
    • 2.8. Non-equilibrium Adsorption
    • 2.9. The Process of Adsorption
    • 2.10. Some Generalizations on Chemisorption
    • 2.11. Physical Adsorption
    • 2.12. Behaviour of Physical Adsorption Isotherms at Values of P/Po ≥ 0.3

  • Chapter 3. How Does a Catalyst Work?
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. The Catalytic Process
    • 3.3. The Catalyst and the Catalytic Site
    • 3.4. Catalysis by Metals
    • 3.5. Oxides
    • 3.6. Sulfides
    • 3.7. Conclusions

  • Chapter 4. Catalyst Preparation
    • 4.1. Importance of Active Surface Area and of Catalyst Structure
    • 4.2. Catalyst Preparation
    • 4.3. Catalyst Supports
    • 4.4. Supported Catalysts
    • 4.5. Catalyst Characterization

  • Chapter 5. Catalytic Reactors and the Measurement of Catalytic Kinetics
    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Static Reactors
    • 5.3. Stirred and Recirculation Reactors
    • 5.4. Flow Reactors
    • 5.5. Fluidized Bed Reactors
    • 5.6. Pulse Reactors
    • 5.7. The TAP Reactor
    • 5.8. SSITKA
    • 5.9. “In Situ/Operando” Methods
    • 5.10. Microreactor Methods
    • 5.11. Conclusions

  • Chapter 6. The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Catalytic Reactions
    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. Unimolecular Reaction of Reactant A to Give Products
    • 6.3. Bimolecul


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"The author’s motivation for writing a textbook on heterogeneous catalysis was to provide the experience of a recognized expert for the young generation of chemists in a form that they would best appreciate, by making full use of the tools offered by the internet for learning and for literature work: Wikipedia, e-journals, searching into the past and towards the presence, the rating of publications through citation indices, etc. A variety of student tasks requiring literature work on various topics is an integral part of the book, which makes its structure very open. An experienced teacher who might disagree with the author about details of emphasis can nevertheless use the book for a course with his or her own priorities. This is new and a real achievement. However, the book certainly reflects the author[1]s teaching priorities, because it has to be useful also in the hands of less advanced tutors or of the students themselves."--Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 5289