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Surface and Nanomolecular Catalysis

1st Edition

Edited by Ryan Richards

CRC Press

552 pages | 318 B/W Illus.

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Using new instrumentation and experimental techniques that allow scientists to observe chemical reactions and molecular properties at the nanoscale, the authors of Surface and Nanomolecular Catalysis reveal new insights into the surface chemistry of catalysts and the reaction mechanisms that actually occur at a molecular level during catalysis. While each chapter contains the necessary background and explanations to stand alone, the diverse collection of chapters shows how developments from various fields each contributed to our current understanding of nanomolecular catalysis as a whole.

The book describes how the size and shape of materials at the nanoscale can change their chemical and physical properties and promote more efficient reactions with fewer by-products. First it highlights the preparation, characterization, and applications of heterogeneous and supported metal catalysts. Then it covers the engineering of catalytic processes, structure and reaction control, and texturological properties of catalytic systems. The authors explain how surface science can elucidate reaction mechanisms and discuss the growing role of high-throughput experimentation and combinatorial approaches in catalysis.

From fundamental concepts to future directions, Surface and Nanomolecular Catalysis offers a well-rounded compilation of noteworthy developments which will continue to expand and transform our understanding of catalysis, particularly in the context of clean energy and environmental applications such as fuel cells.


“… compiling this volume as both a reference text and graduate-level textbook. … The editor has done an exceptional job of assembling an outstanding group of contributors, resulting in an easy to read and aesthetically pleasing volume. … this book nicely fulfills its goal of providing an excellent introductory text for graduate students embarking on a career in catalysis, or surface science applied to catalysis. The chapters are generally easy to read and provide a strong grounding in each topic with extensive bibliographies to lead the reader to a more detailed exploration of the subject. I would certainly strongly recommend this book to any academic or industrial laboratory as a source for new practitioners to gain an excellent overview of modern catalytic science. …   ”

— Wilfred Tysoe, university of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in Nanotoday, Vol. 2, No. 3, June 2007

“I was delighted to see that each chapter has at the end a series of questions/problems, although the level of these ranges from merely reproducing knowledge to solving an insightful case study. It is clear that the latter is my preference when using a specific chapter for teaching students.”

“…gives up-to-date views on a wide variety of catalysis topics and their important contributions to different areas of technology…certainly a valuable book for anyone with an interest in molecular views of heterogeneous catalysis. Furthermore, a selection of individual chapters can be used as a basis for university courses on catalysis at the Masters and PhD student level.”

—Bert Weckhuysen, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 46, 2007

Table of Contents

Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts; Z. Ma and F. Zaera

Catalysis by Metal Oxides; K.T. Ranjit and K.J. Klabunde

Colloidal Nanoparticles in Catalysis; H. Bönnemann and K.S. Nagabhushana

Microporous and Mesoporous Catalysts; W. Schmidt

Skeletal Catalysts; A.J. Smith

A Scientific Method to Prepare Supported Metal Catalysts; J.R. Regalbuto

Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering; S. Hocevar

Structure and Reaction Control at Catalyst Surfaces; M. Tada and Y. Iwasawa

Texturology; V. Fenelonov and M. Melgunov

Understanding Catalytic Reaction Mechanisms: Surface Science Studies of Heterogeneous Catalysts; W.T. Wallace and D.W. Goodman

High-Throughput Experimentation and Combinatorial Approaches in Catalysis; S.A. Schunk, O. Busch, D.G. Demuth, O. Gerlach, A. Haas, J. Klein, and T. Zech

Heterogeneous Photocatalysis; V.I. Pârvulescu and V. Marcu

Liquid-Phase Oxidations Catalyzed by Polyoxometalates; N. Mizuno, K. Kamata, and K. Yamaguchi

Asymmetric Catalysis by Heterogeneous Catalysts; S.M. Coman, G. Poncelet, and V.I. Pârvulescu

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical