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Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 27 Volume Set, 5th Edition

Kirk-Othmer (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-48494-3
22950 pages
March 2004
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Reviews from the previous edition:
"The most indispensable reference in the English language on all aspects of chemical technology...the best reference of its kind". --Chemical Engineering News, 1992
"Overall, ECT is well written and cleanly edited, and no library claiming to be a useful resource for chemical engineering professionals should be without it." --Nicholas Basta, Chemical Engineering, December 1992

The fifth edition of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology builds upon the solid foundation of the previous editions, which have proven to be a mainstay for chemists, biochemists, and engineers at academic, industrial, and government institutions since publication of the first edition in 1949.
The new edition includes necessary adjustments and modernisation of the content to reflect changes and developments in chemical technology. Presenting a wide scope of articles on chemical substances, properties, manufacturing, and uses; on industrial processes, unit operations in chemical engineering; and on fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field.
The Encyclopedia describes established technology along with cutting edge topics of interest in the wide field of chemical technology, whilst uniquely providing the necessary perspective and insight into pertinent aspects, rather than merely presenting information.

  • Presents the versatile field of chemical technology through articles on properties, manufacturing, and uses of chemical substances and materials, industrial processes and unit operations, along with scientific principles and insights into current research related to the field
  • Addresses such aspects as economic, health and safety factors, standards, specifications and environmental concerns
  • Includes over 1,300 articles
  • Updated regularly to reflect changes and developments in the field (50-60 new or updated articles added each year)
  • Articles are citable and peer reviewed and include bibliography of cited references as well as suggested reading
  • Previous versions of articles are archived for historical reference
  • The Smart Article functionalities were added in 2014, to enable searching for structures and reactions through to the title and across related products, such as journals, databases, and other reference works The last print edition of Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia published between 2004 and 2007 and is available as a comprehensive 27-Volume Set. Since then, a concise edition (2007) and four thematic volumes (2007-2013) on the
  • Environment, Food and Feed Technology, Separation Technology and Cosmetics, have been published and are available in print and e-book formats
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Table of Contents

Among the additions to the Encyclopedia are articles on advanced concepts, methods, and technology including Supramolecular Chemistry, Polymer Dispersions, Chemoinformatics, Combinatorial Chemistry; as well as articles on environmentally conscious chemical technology (Green Chemistry, Arsenic -
Environmental Impact, Health Effects, and Treatment Methods, Biomass Energy, Indoor Air Pollution and Control, Zero Waste);
Processes (Chemical Product Design, Process Integration Technology, Pervaporation);
Catalysis (Metallocene Catalysts, Ziegler-Natta Catalysts, Biocatalysis);
Materials (Fullerenes, Biobased Polymers, Shape Memory Polymers, Hybrid Nanocomposite Materials);
Analytical techniques and instrumentation (HPLC, GC, Affinity Chromatography, AFM);
Pharmaceuticals (Antibiotic Resistance, Oxazolidinones); and Business Development (Technology Transfer, Advanced Materials -
Economic Evaluation).
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"This well-known encyclopedia brings together up-to-date information on chemical technology..." (Journal of the American Chemistry Society, 2004, Vol. 126)
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