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Adsorbents: Fundamentals and Applications

ISBN: 978-0-471-29741-3
424 pages
May 2003
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Adsorption promises to play an integral role in several future energy and environmental technologies, including hydrogen storage, CO removal for fuel cell technology, desulfurization of transportation fuels, and technologies for meeting higher standards on air and water pollutants. Ralph Yang's Adsorbents provides a single and comprehensive source of knowledge for all commercial and new sorbent materials, presenting the fundamental principles for their syntheses, their adsorption properties, and their present and potential applications for separation and purification. Chapter topics in this authoritative, forward-looking volume include:

- Formulas for calculating the basic forces or potentials for adsorption
- Calculation of pore-size distribution from a single adsorption isotherm
- Rules for sorbent selection
- Fundamental principles for syntheses/preparation, adsorption properties, and applications of commercially available sorbents
- Mesoporous molecular sieves and zeolites
-¸-complexation sorbents and their applications
- Carbon nanotubes, pillared clays, and polymeric resins

Yang covers the explosion in the development of new nanoporous materials thoroughly, as the adsorption properties of some of these materials have remained largely unexplored. The whole of this book benefits from the new adsorbent designs made possible by the increase in desktop computing and molecular simulation, making Adsorbents useful to both practicing laboratories and graduate programs. Ralph Yang's comprehensive study contributes significantly to the resolution of separation and purification problems by adsorption technologies.
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Table of Contents


1. Introductory Remarks.

2. Fundamental Factors for Designing Adsorbent.

3. Sorbent Selection: Equilibrium Isotherms, Diffusion, Cyclic Processes, and Sorbent Selection Criteria.

4. Pore Size Distribution.

5. Activated Carbon.

6. Silica Gel, MCM, and Activated Alumina.

7. Zeolites and Molecular Sieves.

8. π-Complexation Sorbents and Applications.

9. Carbon Nanotubes, Pillared Clays, and Polymeric Resins.

10. Sorbents for Applications.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

RALPH T. YANG, PhD, is Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
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"…a very good book on a very important topic. Well-written, resplendent with figures and tables, and well-referenced are some of my observations." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, 109, 2004)

"...fulfils existing demand for a simple and comprehensive text devoted to commercial and novel adsorbents...a valuable guide..." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 125, No. 39, 2003)

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