Industrial Catalytic Processes for Fine and Specialty Chemicals

Industrial Catalytic Processes for Fine and Specialty Chemicals

1st Edition - April 12, 2016

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  • Editors: Sunil Joshi, Vivek Ranade
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128016701
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128014578

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Industrial Catalytic Processes for Fine and Specialty Chemicals provides a comprehensive methodology and state-of-the art toolbox for industrial catalysis. The book begins by introducing the reader to the interesting, challenging, and important field of catalysis and catalytic processes. The fundamentals of catalysis and catalytic processes are fully covered before delving into the important industrial applications of catalysis and catalytic processes, with an emphasis on green and sustainable technologies. Several case studies illustrate new and sustainable ways of designing catalysts and catalytic processes. The intended audience of the book includes researchers in academia and industry, as well as chemical engineers, process development chemists, and technologists working in chemical industries and industrial research laboratories.

Key Features

  • Discusses the fundamentals of catalytic processes, catalyst preparation and characterization, and reaction engineering
  • Outlines the homogeneous catalytic processes as they apply to specialty chemicals
  • Introduces industrial catalysis and catalytic processes for fine chemicals
  • Includes a number of case studies to demonstrate the various processes and methods for designing green catalysts


Industrial and academic chemists, and chemical engineers and technologists working in the area of process development using catalysis

Table of Contents

  • Proposed Contents




    Chapter 1: Catalysis & Catalytic Processes



    Part 1: Fundamentals


    Chapter 2: Homogenous catalysis

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Bonding to transition metal surfaces

    2.3 Chemical bonding in organometallic complexes

    2. 4 Steps in organometallic complex formation

    2.5 Catalytic steps in homogeneous catalysis

    2.6 Stability of homogeneous catalyst complexes

    Chapter 3: Heterogeneous catalysis

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Catalytic steps in heterogeneous catalysis

    3.3 Synthesis & activation of catalysts

    3.4 Characterization of catalysts

    3.5 Catalyst deactivation and regeneration/ disposal

    Chapter 4: Catalyst synthesis and characterization

    4.1 Bulk catalysts

    4.2 Catalyst supports

    4.3 Characterization

    4.3.1 Physical properties

    4.3.2 Chemical properties

    Chapter 5: Catalytic Reaction Engineering

    5.1 Selection of reaction media

    5.2 Reaction kinetics

    5.3 Reaction engineering

    5.4 Reactor engineering

    Part 2: Applications


    Chapter 6: Catalysis for fine and Specialty Chemicals

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Solid acid catalysis

    6.3 Solid base catalysis

    6.4 Asymmetric hydrogenations

    6.5 Catalytic oxidations

    6.6 Catalytic hydroxylation

    Chapter 7: Fine chemical synthesis and future perspectives

    7.1 Hydrogenation ex-situ methods

    7.2 Asymmetric synthesis

    7.3 Selective hydrogenation

    7.4 In-situ hydrogenation

    7.5 Simple hydrogenation in the area of energy sector

    Chapter 8: Use of Catalysis for API manufacturing

    8.1 API regulatory requirement

    8.2 Significance of heterogeneous catalysis in API

    8.3 Scale-up and process optimization in API manufacturing

    8.4 Most frequently employed catalysts

    8.5 Case studies

    Chapter 9: Catalysis for perfumery chemicals

    9.1 Application of Heterogeneous catalysts

    9.2 Isomerization reaction in perfumery chemicals

    9.3 Hydrogenation reactions in perfumery chemicals

    9.4 Hydroformylation reactions in perfumery chemicals

    Chapter 10: Use of ion exchange resins in fine and specialty chemicals

    10.1 Classification on ion exchange resins

    10.2 Characteristics of ion exchange catalysts

    10.3 Matrix Diffusion

    10.4 Effect of Matrix Enhancement

    10.5 Effect of Distribution Constant

    10.6 Applications of ion exchange resins in fine and specialty chemicals

    Chapter 11: Catalysis for Renewable chemicals manufacture

    11.1 Renewable Chemicals: Definition and introduction

    11.2 Feedstock

    11.3 Selection of biochemicals

    11.4 Bio-catalysis

    11.5 Chemo catalysis

    11.6 Conclusion and future prospects

    Chapter 12: Carbonylations & Hydroformylations

    12.1 Homogeneous catalysis

    12.2 Biphasic catalysis

    12.3 Heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts

    12.4 Use of ionic liquids in hydroformylation reactions

    Chapter 13: Carbamates

    13.1 Conventional routes for industrially important carbamates

    13.2 Greener routes for carbamates

    13.3 case studies

    Chapter 14: Challenges of Scale-up in Specialty Chemicals

    14.1 Applications of butylaterd chemicals

    14.2 Catalysis in butylated chemicals

    14.3 Application of Organo tin compounds

    14.4 Catalysis in organo tin chemicals



    Chapter 15: Epilogue

    Notations and abbreviations

    References & suggested literature


Product details

  • No. of pages: 782
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2016
  • Published: April 12, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128016701
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128014578

About the Editors

Sunil Joshi

Sunil S. Joshi is well experienced in the field of chemical engineering, catalysis and catalytic processes. His career as the Senior Principal Scientist for the Chemical Engineering & ProcessDevelopment Division at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Dr. Joshi has years of experience in research and development and has translated his research into practice.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Principal Scientist, Chemical Engineering & Process Development Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

Vivek Ranade

Vivek Ranade

Dr Vivek V Ranade is a Deputy Director of CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory ( and Chairman of Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division. He has contributed significantly to chemical engineering science and practice. His work has resulted in new insights and better designs of industrial flow processes. He has successfully developed solutions and has facilitated their implementation in a wide range of industry. He has also developed various devices (micro-reactors, filters, vortex diodes) and products. He is currently leading a large program on process intensification entitled Indus MAGIC ( which is aimed at developing MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified and continuous) processes and plants. He has established first of its kind industry consortium on process intensification (Indus CPI) at NCL. He is actively working with a wide range of fine and specialty chemicals industries to transform the way we manufacture these chemicals.

Dr Ranade is a Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research ( and an Adjunct Professor at ICT (formerly UDCT: He also worked at ETH, Zurich; TU Delft and University of Twente, The Netherlands as guest researcher. He has published more than 125 papers and five books. He is co-inventor of more than 20 patents (granted or filed). He is an Associate Editor of ‘Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’ and serves on editorial boards of ‘Chemical Engineering Research & Design’ and ‘Indian Chemical Engineer’ journals. He is a recipient of several awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and DST Swarna Jayanti Fellowship. He is a fellow of Indian National Academy Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. He is also an entrepreneur and has co-founded technology based start-up companies: Tridiagonal Solutions (; Vivira Process Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (

Dr Ranade previously authored Trickle Bed Reactor (9780444527387) and Computational Flow Modeling for Chemical Reactor Engineering (9780125769600) with Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director & Chair, Chemical Engineering & Process Development Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

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