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The Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum

3rd Edition

By James G. Speight

Series Editor: James G. Speight

© 1999 – CRC Press

934 pages

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The Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum, Third Edition fully covers the subject, from the underground formation of petroleum to recovery of refined products. The third edition contains additional chapters on the structure of petroleum, refining heavy feedstocks, instability and incompatibility in petroleum products, environmental aspects of refining and much more.


". . .a comprehensive textbook. …Extensively illustrated with chemical equations, chemical structures, process flow sheets and tables. "

---The Chemical Engineer

"…well written in a factual style."

" an excellent addition to any chemist's bookshelf."

---Chemistry in Canada

". . .a unique, well-documented work. …Provides a valuable guide with extensive and precise definitions of the terminology related with the constituents of crude oil and manufactured materials. "

---Applied Catalysis

"There can be no better introduction to the science and intricacies of the petroleum science…for an overall perspective or in depth study. …an excellent introduction to the chemistry of petroleum and to the technologies involved in the different sectors of this industry. "

---Chemical Industry News

"…To the present day, a huge amount of scientific and technical information has been accumulated on the origins, methods of detection, composition, properties, methods of recovery, transportation, refining, applications of petroleum, and the products of its processing. The third successful attempt of the author to bring it forth in one book demands respect. …an encyclopedia of subjects concerning the chemistry and technology of petroleum…. Undoubtedly this book is a good investment of money and it should be a handbook of every scientist, engineer, and student dealing with petroleum chemistry and technology. "

---High Temperatures-High Pressures

Table of Contents

History, occurrence, and recovery: classification; origin and occurrence; kerogen; exploration, recovery, and transportation. Composition and properties: chemical composition; fractional composition; properties and evaluation; identification and structural group analysis; asphaltenes; the structure of petroleum. refining: refining chemistry; refinery distillation; thermal crackling; catalytic cracking; hydroprocessing; refining heavy feedstocks; product improvement; treatment processes; gas cleaning; products; instability and incompatibility; petrochemicals. environmental issues: environmental aspects of refining. Glossary.

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