History, Technology, Applications and Industry

2nd Edition - September 16, 2013

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  • Author: Gerald Kutney
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781895198676

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Sulfur is devoted to the methods of production and applications as they intertwined during different stages of industrial and technological developments. Commercial sulfuric acid production from the early 16th century until today is reviewed, spanning the Ancient and Renaissance periods, the Industrial Age (to which sulfur was vitally important), and the Sulfur War of 1840. The book introduces "the Sulfur Age" and the processes of this period -- such as the Nordhausen, Bell and Leblanc methods --, then goes on to review native sulfur production in Sicily, once a major supplier to the world. The 'Frasch method' is also covered in detail. Moving to present day, the book presents "recovered" sulfur -- derived from sour gas and oil -- which constitutes 90% of today's elemental sulfur supply, and looks to Canada, a powerhouse supplier of Recovered Sulfur. An entire chapter is devoted to the modern-day sulfur entrepreneur, with a profile of various investors (from the reluctant to the private and institutional), and evaluates the benefits of adopting new and revolutionary technologies. Finally, the book forecasts the sulfur industry's future and potential supply sources, such as worldwide oil sands.

Key Features

  • Covers the latest trends in sulfur production, and evaluates the costs and benefits of new processes
  • Discusses existing practices for removal of sulfur - a common contaminant - from oil and natural gas
  • A fascinating and detailed history of sulfur processing technology


Sulfur manufacturers, suppliers and traders, chemists and chemistry students, oil industry professionals, historians of business, science and technology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Le Roi du Sol
    2. The Sulfur Age
    3. Native Sulfur - Sicily
    4. Frasch Sulfur – Texas/Louisiana
    5. Recovered Sulfur - Alberta
    6. Future Sulfur - Oil Sands
    7. The Sulfur Entrepreneur References

    Appendix I. Sulexco Agreements
    Appendix II. FTC Review of Sulexco
    Appendix III. Global Sulfur Production

Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ChemTec Publishing 2013
  • Published: September 16, 2013
  • Imprint: ChemTec Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781895198676

About the Author

Gerald Kutney

Gerald Kutney is Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management, a renewable energy technologies consultancy, and was until recently Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in organosulfur chemistry from the University of Toronto, and worked for CIL (ICI Canada) on elemental sulfur. He was president and CEO of an elemental sulfur fertilizer company and founder of an elemental sulfur logistics firm. His work has resulted in development of new technological processes, patented innovations, and scientific publications, all in the area of sulfur.

Affiliations and Expertise

Managing Director, Sixth Element Sustainable Management, Canada

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