Brett Williams's Reviews > Catalysis: An Integrated Approach, Volume 123

Catalysis by R.A. Van Santen
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it was amazing

This book begins with a history of the topic, proceeds into industrial uses and processes, then dives into details with substantial reaction rate modeling of chemical kinetics where molecules absorb on a surface, get help from that surface to carry out some useful reaction, then desorb as the product, including temperature and pressure dependence, often in a multi-step manner. You'll need a number of physical constants from elsewhere, but you can build reaction math models on your PC with what's given. For me, the most fun came in extensive treatment of orbital bonding / anti-bonding established between the various molecules (remember those s, p, d orbitals from school?). Particularly useful are how those orbitals look in various molecules with electron pairing, spin, and energy of each individual reactant and the combined result included in diagrams. It's a kooky place down there at the quantum level, but this 560 page books goes a long way to making sense of it. Sadly, it's hard to find this book on the cheap.
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December 18, 2016 – Started Reading
December 18, 2016 – Shelved
May 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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