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Chemical Reaction Engineering
Essentials, Exercises and Examples

ISBN 9780415695381
Published April 4, 2014 by CRC Press
704 Pages

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Chemical Reaction Engineering: Essentials, Exercises and Examples presents the essentials of kinetics, reactor design and chemical reaction engineering for undergraduate students. Concise and didactic in its approach, it features over 70 resolved examples and many exercises.

The work is organized in two parts: in the first part kinetics is presented focusing on the reaction rates, the influence of different variables and the determination of specific rate parameters for different reactions both homogeneous and heterogeneous. This section is complemented with the classical kinetic theory and in particular with many examples and exercises. The second part introduces students to the distinction between ideal and non-ideal reactors and presents the basic equations of batch and continuous ideal reactors, as well as specific isothermal and non-isothermal systems. The main emphasis however is on both qualitative and quantitative interpretation by comparing and combining reactors with and without diffusion and mass transfer effects, complemented with several examples and exercises. Finally, non-ideal and multiphase systems are presented, as well as specific topics of biomass thermal processes and heterogeneous reactor analyses. The work closes with a unique section on the application of theory in laboratory practice with kinetic and reactor

This textbook will be of great value to undergraduate and graduate students in chemical engineering as well as to graduate students in and researchers of kinetics and catalysis.

Table of Contents

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1 Definitions and stoichiometry
1.1 Measurement variables
1.2 Calculation of measurement variables
1.2.1 Extent of the reaction
1.2.2 Conversion
1.3 Continuous systems
1.4 Partial pressures
1.5 Method of total pressure
1.6 General properties
1.7 Solved problems

2 Chemical equilibrium

3 Kinetic of reactions
3.1 Reaction rates—definitions
3.2 Reaction rate
3.2.1 Kinetic equations
3.3 Influence of the temperature on the reaction rate
3.3.1 Reversible reactions
3.3.2 Interpretation remarks

4 Molar balance in open and closed systems with chemical reaction
4.1 Batch
4.2 Continuous stirring tank reactor
4.3 Continuous tubular reactor

5 Determination of kinetic parameters
5.1 Irreversible reaction at constant volume
5.1.1 Kinetic model of first order
5.1.2 Kinetic model of second order (global)
5.2 Irreversible reactions at variable volume
5.2.1 Irreversible of first order
5.2.2 Irreversible reactions of second order
5.3 Irreversible reactions of order n–half-life method
5.4 Reversible reactions at constant volume
5.4.1 Direct and reverse first-order elementary reaction
5.4.2 Direct and reverse second-order elementary reaction
5.5 Determination of the kinetic parameters by the differential method
5.5.1 Differential reactor

6 Kinetics of multiple reactions
6.1 Simple reactions in series
6.2 Simple parallel reactions
6.3 Continuous systems
6.4 Kinetics of complex reactions
6.4.1 Decomposition reactions
6.4.2 Parallel reactions
6.4.3 Series–parallel reactions

7 Non-elementary reactions
7.1 Classical kinetic model
7.2 Chain reactions
7.3 Theory of the transition state

8 Polymerization reactions
8.1 Reactions of thermal cracking
8.2 Kinetics of polymerization reactions
8.3 Reactions by addition of radicals
8.3.1 Initiation
8.3.2 Propagation
8.3.3 Termination

9 Kinetics of liquid-phase reactions
9.1 Enzymatic reactions
9.1.1 Kinetic model
9.1.2 Determination of the kinetic parameters
9.1.3 Effect of external inhibitors
9.1.4 Kinetics of biological fermentation
9.1.5 Mass balance
9.2 Liquid-phase reactions
9.2.1 Liquid solutions
9.2.2 Acid—base reactions

10 Heterogeneous reaction kinetics
10.1 External phenomena
10.2 Internal diffusion phenomena
10.3 Adsorption–desorption phenomena
10.3.1 Physical adsorption or physisorption
10.3.2 Chemical adsorption or chemisorption
10.3.3 Comparing physical and chemical adsorptions
10.4 Adsorption isotherms
10.5 Adsorption models
10.5.1 Langmuir model
10.5.2 Other chemisorption models
10.6 Model of heterogeneous reactions
10.6.1 Langmuir–Hinshelwood–Hougen–Watson model (LHHW)
10.6.2 Eley–Rideal model
10.6.3 Effect of the temperature and energies
10.7 Determination of the constants
10.8 Noncatalytic heterogeneous reactions

11 Kinetic exercises
11.1 Solution of kinetic exercises
11.2 Proposed exercises

12 Elementary concepts of the collision theory
12.1 Collision and reaction rates

13 Catalysis: Analyzing variables influencing the catalytic properties
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Selection of catalysts
13.3 Activity patterns
13.3.1 Model reactions
13.3.2 Cyclohexane dehydrogenation
13.3.3 Benzene hydrogenation
13.4 Conventional preparation methods of catalysts
13.4.1 Precipitation/coprecipitation methods
13.4.2 Impregnation of metals on supports
13.4.3 Ion exchange
13.5 Analyses of variables influencing final properties of catalysts
13.5.1 Influence of pH
13.5.2 Autoclaving
13.5.3 Influence of time, concentration, and impregnation cycles
13.6 Thermal treatments
13.6.1 Drying
13.6.2 Calcination
13.7 Effect of reduction temperature on interaction and sintering
13.8 Influence of the support and metal concentration over the reduction
13.9 Influence of the heating rate
13.10 Influence of vapor
13.11 Effect of temperature and reaction time
13.12 Strong metal support interaction
13.13 Experimental design—influence of parameters on the catalytic performance
13.14 Conclusion

14 Ideal reactors
14.1 Types of reactors
14.2 Definitions and concepts of residence time
14.3 Ideal reactors
14.3.1 Batch reactor
14.3.2 Continuous tank reactor
14.3.3 Continuous tubular reactor (PFR)
14.4 Ideal nonisothermal reactors
14.4.1 Adiabatic continuous reactor
14.4.2 Nonadiabatic batch reactor
14.4.3 Adiabatic batch reactor
14.4.4 Analysis of the thermal effects

15 Specific reactors
15.1 Semibatch reactor
15.2 Reactor with recycle
15.3 Pseudo-homogeneous fixed-bed reactor
15.4 Membrane reactors

16 Comparison of reactors
16.1 Comparison of volumes
16.1.1 Irreversible first-order reaction at constant volume
16.1.2 Irreversible second-order reaction at constant volume
16.1.3 Reactions at variable volume
16.2 Productivity
16.3 Yield/selectivity
16.4 Overall yield
16.4.1 Effect of reaction order
16.4.2 Effects of kinetic constants
16.4.3 Presence of two reactants
16.5 Reactions in series

17 Combination of reactors
17.1 Reactors in series
17.1.1 Calculating the number of reactors in series to an irreversible first-order reaction
17.1.2 Calculating the number of reactors in series for an irreversible second-order reaction
17.1.3 Graphical solution
17.2 Reactors in parallel
17.3 Production rate in reactors in series
17.4 Yield and selectivity in reactors in series

18 Transport phenomena in heterogeneous systems
18.1 Intraparticle diffusion limitation—pores
18.2 Effectiveness factor
18.3 Effects of intraparticle diffusion on the experimental parameters
18.4 External mass transfer and intraparticle diffusion limitations

19 Catalyst deactivation
19.1 Kinetics of deactivation
19.2 Deactivation in PFR or CSTR reactor
19.3 Forced deactivation
19.4 Catalyst regeneration
19.4.1 Differential scanning calorimetry
19.4.2 Temperature programmed oxidation
19.4.3 Catalytic evaluation
19.5 Kinetic study of regeneration
19.5.1 Balance with respect to solid (carbon)
19.5.2 Particular case

20 Exercises reactors and heterogeneous reactors
20.1 Solutions to exercises: reactors
20.2 Exercises proposed: reactors

21 Multiphase reacting systems

22 Heterogeneous reactors
22.1 Fixed bed reactor
22.1.1 Reactors in series
22.2 Fluidized bed reactor

23 Biomass—thermal and catalytic processes
23.1 Introduction
23.2 Chemical nature of raw material from biomass
23.3 Biomass pyrolysis
23.4 Pyrolysis kinetics
23.5 Biomass reactors
23.5.1 Mass balance
23.5.2 Energy balance
23.6 Bio-oil upgrading and second-generation processes
23.6.1 Hydrodeoxygenation
23.6.2 Fischer–Tropsch synthesis

24 Nonideal reactors
24.1 Introduction
24.2 Residence time distribution
24.2.1 Ideal cases
24.2.2 Variance
24.3 Mixing effects
24.3.1 Irreversible reactions
24.4 Analysis of nonideal reactors
24.4.1 Momentum
24.4.2 Mass balance
24.4.3 Energy balance
24.4.4 Analysis of boundary conditions

25 Experimental practices
25.1 Reactions in homogeneous phase
25.1.1 Free radical polymerization of styrene
25.1.2 Polymerization of isobutylene
25.2 Reactions in heterogeneous phase
25.2.1 Experimental system
25.2.2 Determination of activation energy: dehydrogenation of cyclohexane
25.2.3 Kinetic study—methane reforming with CO2—heterogeneous reaction
25.3 Performance of reactors
25.3.1 Batch reactor–hydrogenation of sucrose
25.3.2 Integral continuous flow reactor (tubular)—isomerization of xylenes
25.3.3 Goals

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Martin Schmal graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Engineering Faculty of the Catholic University of S. Paulo (1964), he received a Master’s degree in 1966 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/COPPE, Brazil, and obtained his doctorate degree (Dr. Ing.) from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (1970). He became an associate professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1970, became Full Professor in 1985 and has been Emeritus since 2008. He specialized at the Institut du Recherche sur la Catalyse, Lyon, France (1981) and at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1983).

He has been teaching Kinetics and Reactors to undergraduate students at the Chemical Engineering School, Catalysis to graduate students at COPPE and a Postgraduate course in Engineering for over 40 years, since 1973.

The main research topics at Nucleous of Catalysis are catalysis, the catalytic process and nanoscience. He maintains close contacts with the industry, in particular with Petrobras and various petrochemical industries: Oxiteno, Copene, Copesul, Petroquimica União, Braskem, Degussa and others, developing processes and catalysts, and has more than 20 patents to his name.

He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science (elected in 1999) and of the International Catalysis Society (since 2000). He has received several awards and in particular the Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation – Germany (2002), the Premio Mexico for Science and Technology (Science Consulting Council, Mexico, 2002); the Senior Researcher award from the Ibero-American society (2010); the SCOPUS award – Elsevier-CAPES (2009) and finally the Distinguished Professor award from Coppe – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2013). He has published more than 220 articles in international journals; has presented and published 250 papers in Annals of International Congresses, Symposia and Meetings and published the following books: Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design (1. Ed. 1982, 2. Ed. 2010), Heterogeneous Catalysis (2012) and Natural Gas Conversion VIII – Surface Science (2011).

His other activities include being peer reviewer for the following journals: Journals for Physical Chemistry, Journal of Catalysis, Surface Science, Applied Catalysis A and B, Catalysis Today, ACS Catalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Catalysis Letters, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Material Science, etc. He was on the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A (1992–1999) and of Catalysis Today (2000–2006). He was Founder and President of the Brazilian Catalysis Society (1998–2006).

His external collaborators include H.J. Freund (Max Planck Berlin), E. Lombardo (Argentina), Schlögl and Behrens (Max Planck Berlin), Albert Vannice (Penn State University, USA) and Ted Oyama (Virginia Tech, USA).


Martin Schmal's book on Heterogeneous Catalysis and its applications that appeared earlier aims at active researchers in the field, the present book on "Chemical Reaction Engineering" is intended for undergraduate students to teach them the basic concepts of kinetics and reactor design. […]

I find this book very useful, in particular, from the point of view of a physical chemist whose expertise in reaction engineering is limited. Due to the familiar treatment of kinetics, this books represents an excellent entry into chemical engineering also for practitioners in other fields.

The didactic approach of the book allows one to enter easily into the field. It will be of great value for students, both undergraduate and graduate, not only in chemical engineering but also in other fields. It should not be missing on any chemical institute libraries’ shelf.

Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany