This introductory textbook covers all aspects of catalysis. It also bridges computational methods, industrial applications and green chemistry, with over 700 references. The author, a renowned researcher in catalysis, teaches scientific writing as well as chemistry. This makes him the ideal person to write such a textbook. The effectiveness of his practical approach has been well proven in courses for undergraduates and graduates (in 2007 he was voted "lecturer of the
year" by the chemistry students).
Following an introduction to green chemistry and the basics of catalysis, the book covers biocatalysis, homogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as computer applications in catalysis research.
Each chapter also features integrated exercises that help students prepare for their exams.
Table of contents
Green chemistry and sustainable development
What is catalysis and why is it important?
Tools in catalysis research
THE BASICS OF CATALYSIS
Catalysis is a kinetic phenomenon
Practical approaches in kinetic studies
An overview of the basic concepts in catalysis
Metal complex catalysis in the liquid phase
Homogeneous catalysis without metals
Scaling up and down: Pros and cons
"Click chemistry" and homogeneous catalysis
Classic gas/solid systems
Liquid/solid and liquid/liquid catalytic systems
Advanced process solutions using heterogeneous catalysis
The basics of enzymatic catalysis
Applications of enzyme catalysis
Developing new biocatalysts: Better than nature's best
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN CATALYSIS RESEARCH
Computers as research tools in catalysis
Modelling catalysts and catalytic cycles
Predictive modelling and rational catalyst design
An overview of data mining methods in catalysis