This practical handbook features an overview of the importance of physical properties and thermodynamics; and the use of thermo-dynamics to predict the extent of reaction in proposed new chem-ical combinations. The use of special types of data and pre-diction methods to develop flowsheets for probing projects; and sources of critically evaluated data, dividing the published works into three categories depending on quality are given. Methods of doing one's own critical evaluation of literature, a list of known North American contract experimentalists with the types of data mea-sured by each, methods for measuring equilibrium data, and ther-modynamic concepts to carry out process opti-mization are also featured.
1. Introduction- Thermodynamics and Physical Properties in Process Innovation Section 1: Probing Research 2. Introductory Remarks- New Chemical Reactions 3. Scoping Process Development and Design Section 2: Process Assessments 4. A Critically Evaluated Data Base from the Literature 5. Filling Data Gaps by Correlation and Prediction Section 3: Process Development 6. Contract Data Measurements 7. Developing an In-House Measurement Capability Section 5: Applications 8. Tackling Difficult Problems 9. Thermodynamics of Process Optimization Made Easy