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Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics

4th Edition

By Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Elizabeth M. Melvin

CRC Press

480 pages | 142 B/W Illus.

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Environmental engineering, is by its very nature, interdisciplinary and it is a challenge to develop courses that will provide students with a thorough broad-based curriculum that includes every aspect of the environmental engineering profession. Environmental engineers perform a variety of functions, most critical of which are process design for waste treatment or pollution prevention, fate and transport modeling, green engineering, and risk assessment. Chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, the two main pillars of physical chemistry, are two of the many subjects that are crucial to environmental engineering.

Based on the success of the successes of previous editions, Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Fourth Edition, provides an overarching view of the applications of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics in various aspects of the field of environmental science and engineering.

Written by experts in the field, this new edition offers an improved logical progression of the text with principles and applications, includes new case studies with current relevant environmental events and their relationship to thermodynamics and kinetics, and adds examples and problems for the updated environmental events. It also includes a comprehensive analysis of green engineering with relation applications, updated appendices, and an increased number of thermodynamic and kinetic data for chemical species.

While it is primarily intended for undergraduate students at the junior/senior level, the breadth and scope of this book make it a valuable resource for introductory graduate courses and a useful reference for environmental engineers.


"A comprehensive yet accessible textbook on chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, critical for scientists and engineers to properly understand and model environmental processes."

—Pierre Herckes, Arizona State University, USA

"This book is definitely required for scientists and engineers to analyze, quantify and solve environmental problems; as well as for students studying how to understand problems in environments of water, air and soil. The responsibility of scientists and engineers is to solve practical environmental problems scientifically. This book provides useful and practical strategies based on thermodynamics and chemical kinetics for solving environmental problems."

—Yoshinori Kawase, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan

"I had been following Professor Valsaraj’s book Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics since its first edition which came out in 1995…. I have gone through each revision since…. The 4th edition includes a new co-author, Dr. Melvin, which definitely adds an additional perspective and enhances the quality of the book. The book is very well written and presents the material in an easy to follow format. Though the subject material is hard by its very nature, the authors present it in a way that makes it easier to follow. This book is very well suited for students pursuing chemical and environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees."

—Raghava Kommalapati, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, USA

"This Fourth Edition of Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics deserves a place on the bookshelf of students, faculty, scientists and engineers dedicated to designing and creating an environment free from the adverse effects of chemicals."

—Don Mackay, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

"The book is targeted at providing fundamental understanding of equilibrium thermodynamics and chemical kinetics for students and practitioners of environmental engineering. The topics covered in this textbook are very extensive and cover a very wide range of applications in the area of environmental science and engineering. The topics of environmental fate and transport are very important for the definition of several important environmental issues and the book covers that comprehensively from the grassroots through the fundamental theory and examples. The fundamental concepts and the examples in the textbook also help in the rational design of equipment for pollution control, waste treatment and remediation. The book also addresses these fundamental concepts from a holistic perspective of the current state of the environment."

—R. Ravikrishna, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

"This updated 4th edition provides a unique and thorough coverage of principles and environmental applications of thermodynamics and kinetics. Cleary-written for easy understanding, logically laid out for progressive learning, and supplemented with lot of worked examples, the Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics is an excellent textbook suitable for senior and graduate students in environmental curriculum who may not have taken adequate coursework in chemistry. This book can also serve as valuable resource for environmental practitioners who want to acquire an in-depth and sound understanding of thermodynamics and kinetics. Case studies, extensive tables and figures, updated thermodynamic and kinetic data in appendices, and contemporary issues such as life cycle analysis and green engineering are a plus."

—Chunlong Zhang, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction. Basic Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics. Applications of Equilibrium Thermodynamics. Applications of Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Systems.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science