1st Edition

Refinery Products and Product Improvement Processes

By James G. Speight Copyright 2024
    320 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book focuses on the various refinery products, product improvement processes, and solvent processes that are used in the refining industry and the processes used in product improvement to ensure products meet sales specifications. This accessible book is written for engineers, scientists, students, and academics wanting an update on crude oil processing and insight into the direction of the industry.

    Key features:

    • Describes the development of technologies for a variety of feedstocks, including heavy feedstocks utilizing advanced pre-treatment processing and hydrotreating.
    • Presents the initial refining processes and prepares for the new changes and evolution of the industry, including the role of biomass in the future refinery.
    • Analyses catalyst deactivation mechanism for developing optimum technologies for processing feedstocks with low reactivity.
    • Includes an extensive glossary which will be beneficial for non-technical readers.

    0.Preface 1.Production of Refinery Products. 2.Refinery Feedstocks. 3.Alternate Feedstocks. 4.Refining Chemistry. 5.Products 6.Petrochemicals. 7.Products from Biomass. 8.Product Improvement and Treating. 9.Glossary. 10.Conversion Factors.


    Dr. James G. Speight has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry; he also holds a DSc in Geological Sciences and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering.  He has more than fifty years of experience in areas associated with (1) the properties, recovery, and refining of conventional petroleum, heavy oil, and tar sand bitumen, (2) the properties and refining of natural gas, and (3) the properties and refining of biomass, biofuels, biogas, and the generation of bioenergy.  His work has also focused on environmental effects, environmental remediation, and safety issues associated with the production and use of fuels and biofuels.  He is the author (and co-author) of more than 100 books related to petroleum science, petroleum engineering, biomass and biofuels, and environmental sciences. 

    Although he has always worked in private industry and has focused on contract-based work, Dr. Speight has served as a Visiting Professor in the College of Science, University of Mosul (Iraq), Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago as well as adjunct appointments at various universities.  He has also served as a thesis examiner for more than 25 theses. 

    As a result of his work, Dr. Speight has been honored as the recipient of the following awards: (1) Diploma of Honor, United States National Petroleum Engineering Society for Outstanding Contributions to the Petroleum Industry, 1995; (2) Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Outstanding Work in the Area of Petroleum Science. 1996; (3) Einstein Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences In recognition of Outstanding Contributions and Service in the field of Geologic Sciences, 2001; (4) Gold Medal – Scientists without Frontiers, Russian Academy of Sciences In recognition of His Continuous Encouragement of Scientists to Work Together across International Borders, 2005; (5) Gold Medal – Giants of Science and Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences.  In recognition of Continued Excellence in Science and Engineering, 2006; (6) Methanex Distinguished Professor, University of Trinidad and Tobago In Recognition of Excellence in Research. 2007; and (7) The American Excellence Award for Excellence in Client Solutions from the United States Institute of Trade and Commerce, Washington, DC, 2018.