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Chemical Process Technology, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-57075-3
580 pages
March 2013
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With a focus on actual industrial processes, e.g. the production of light alkenes, synthesis gas, fine chemicals, polyethene, it encourages the reader to think “out of the box” and invent and develop novel unit operations and processes. Reflecting today’s emphasis on sustainability, this edition contains new coverage of biomass as an alternative to fossil fuels, and process intensification.

The second edition includes:

  • New chapters on Process Intensification and Processes for the Conversion of Biomass
  • Updated and expanded chapters throughout with 35% new material overall
  • Text boxes containing case studies and examples from various different industries, e.g. synthesis loop designs, Sasol I Plant, Kaminsky catalysts, production of Ibuprofen, click chemistry, ammonia synthesis, fluid catalytic cracking
  • Questions throughout to stimulate debate and keep students awake!
  • Richly illustrated chapters with improved figures and flow diagrams

Chemical Process Technology, Second Edition is a comprehensive introduction, linking the fundamental theory and concepts to the applied nature of the subject. It will be invaluable to students of chemical engineering, biotechnology and industrial chemistry, as well as practising chemical engineers.


From reviews of the first edition:

“The authors have blended process technology, chemistry and thermodynamics in an elegant manner… Overall this is a welcome addition to books on chemical technology.” – The Chemist

“Impressively wide-ranging and comprehensive… an excellent textbook for students, with a combination of fundamental knowledge and technology.” – Chemistry in Britain (now Chemistry World)

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Table of Contents



The Chemical Industry.

Processes in the Oil Refinery.

Steam Cracking: Production of Lower Alkenes.

Synthesis Gas.

Bulk Chemicals and Synthetic Fuels Derived from Synthesis Gas.

Inorganic Bulk Chemicals.

Homogeneous Catalysis.

Heterogeneous Catalysis -
Concepts and Examples.

Fine Chemistry.

Polymerization Processes.


Process Development.

Appendix A: Chemical Industry -

Appendix B: Main Symbols used in Flow Schemes.

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Author Information

Jacob Moulijn, Michiel Makkee, Annelies van Diepen, Delft University of Technology
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New to This Edition

  • A complete update of chapters in the existing book
  • More questions
  • 2 new chapters: Processes for the Conversion of Biomass (chapter 7), Process Intensification (chapter 14)
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Offers a comprehensive and balanced introduction, providing an essential link between chemistry and the chemical industry
  • Originally developed from a course given at Delft University of Technology
  • New coverage of energy and fuels from biomass, and biorefineries, to reflect growth areas in industry
  • Includes problems to encourage a fuller understanding of the subject
  • Contains richly-illustrated chapters with clearly developed flow diagrams and figures
  • “Feature Boxes”  appear throughout the text, providing examples and case studies from a variety of different industries
  • Website provides PowerPoint slides of figures for lecturers
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"...a welcome addition to books on chemical technology?a valuable book..." (The Chemist, Summer 2003)
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Book Support Home Page

Powerpoint slides can now be accessed via http://booksupport.wiley.com by entering the author name, book title or isbn and clicking on the desired entry. This will then give a listing of all the content available for download. Please read any text files before downloading material.

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