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Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444527073, 9780080481036

Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues

1st Edition

Editor: Trevor Letcher
Paperback ISBN: 9780444559067
eBook ISBN: 9780080481036
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444527073
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 20th April 2007
Page Count: 492
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Environmental problems are becoming an important aspect of our lives as industries grow apace with populations throughout the world. Thermodynamics, Solubility and Environmental Issues highlights some of the problems and shows how chemistry can help to reduce these them. The unifying theme is Solubility – the most basic and important of thermodynamic properties. This informative book looks at the importance and applications of solubility and thermodynamics, in understanding and in reducing chemical pollution in the environment.

Written by experts in their respective fields and representing the latest findings in this very important and broad area. A collection of twenty-five chapters cover a wide range of topics including; mining, polymer manufacture and applications, radioactive wastes, industries in general, agro-chemicals, soil pollution and biology, together with the basic theory and recent developments in the modelling of environmental pollutants.

Key Features

  • Latest research into solving some of the most important environmental problems
  • Covering new technologies, new chemicals and new processes eg, biodegradable polymers, ionic liquids and green chemistry
  • Contains the basic theories and underlying importance of solubility


For consultants, industrial/local authority scientists, researchers and graduate and post-graduate students

Table of Contents

Basic Theory and Modelling
Chapter 1: An introduction to modelling of pollutants in the environment (T.M. Letcher).

Chapter 2: Modelling the solubility in water of environmentally important organic compounds
(E. Estrada et al.).

Chapter 3: Modeling of contaminant leaching (M. Diaz, D. Apul).

Industry and Mining
Chapter 4: Supercritical fluids and reductions in environmental pollution (K. Yamanaka, H. Ohtaki).

Chapter 5: Phase equilibrium studies on ionic liquid systems for industrial separation processes of complex organic mixtures (P. Reddy, T.M. Letcher).

Chapter 6: Environmental and solubility issues related to novel corrosion control (W.J. van Ooij, P. Puomi).

Chapter 7: The behaviour of iron and aluminum in acid mine drainage: speciation, mineralogy, and environmental significance (J.S. España).

Radioactive Wastes
Chapter 8: An evaluation of solubility limits on maximum uranium concentrations in groundwater (T. Iwatsuki, R.C. Arthur).

Chapter 9 : Leaching from cementitious materials used in radioactive waste disposal sites (K. Yokozeki).

Air, Water, Soil and Remediation
Chapter 10: Solubility of carbon dioxide in natural systems (J. Salminen et al.).

Chapter 11: Estimation of the volatilization of organic chemicals from soil (E. Voutsas).

Chapter 12: Solubility and the phytoextraction of arsenic from soils by two different fern species
(V. Campos).

Chapter 13: Environmental issues of gasoline additives – aqueous solubility and spills (J. Bergendahl).

Chapter 14: Ecotoxicity of ionic liquids in an aquatic environment (D. Pieraccini et al.).

Chapter 15: Rhamnolipid biosurfactants: solubility and environmental issues (C.N. Mulligan).

Chapter 16: Sorption, lipophilicity and partitioning phenomena of ionic liquids in environmental systems (P. Stepnowski).

Chapter 17: The solubility of hydroxyaluminosilicates and the biological availability of aluminium (C. Exley).

Chapter 18: Apatite group minerals: solubility and environmental remediation (M.C.F. Magalhães, P.A. Williams).

Polymer Related Issues
Chapter 19: Solubility of gases and vapors in polylactide polymers (R.A. Auras).

Chapter 20: Biodegradable material obtained from renewable resource:plasticized sodium caseinate films (J-L. Audic et al.).

Chapter 21: Supercritical carbon dioxide as a green solvent for polymer synthesis (C.D. Wood et al.).

Chapter 22: Solubility of plasticizers, polymers and environmental pollution (E. Białecka Florjańczyk, Z. Florjańczyk).

Pesticides and Pollution Exposure in Humans
Chapter 23: Solubility issues in environmental pollution (A. Arce, A. Soto).

Chapter 24: Hazard identification and human exposure to pesticides (A. Garrido Frenich et al.).

Chapter 25: Solubility and body fluids (E. Königsberger, LC Königsberger).


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About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher

Professor Letcher was Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department in South Africa ( University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and Natal) (1969 -2004), and has published over 300 papers on chemical thermodynamic topics in peer reviewed journals; and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. He has edited and written 28 books of which 18 were published by Elsevier on topics ranging from Future Energy (3 editions), Climate Change (3 editions), Storing Energy (2 editions), Waste, Tyre Waste and Recycling, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Managing Global Warming, Impacts of Climate Change, Plastic Waste and Unraveling Environmental Disasters. He has been awarded two gold medals: one by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the other by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and at present is living in the United Kingdom

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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