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Process Development: Physicochemical Concepts (Oxford Chemistry Primers) [Paperback]

John Atherton , Keith Carpenter
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20 Jan 2000 0198503725 978-0198503729
The Fine Chemicals industry is concerned with the manufacture of relatively small volume products by multistage manufacturing processes. Pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, colouring materials and biocidal compounds are typical examples. Understanding the fundamental science behind these chemical processes is of great benefit in the development of efficient, high-yielding and environmentally friendly processes.

However, there are no other texts which specifically address this topic by covering the physiochemical principles underpinning the subject. This primer outlines the strategy for obtaining the requisite data, and then goes on to outline the chemical and chemical engineering concepts involved in process development. These include a description of pre-reaction equilibria in single and two-phase systems, factors influencing selectivity in competing reactions, mixing effects in single and two-phase reactions, the science behind workup processes, and a discussion of the principles behind scale-up.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (20 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198503725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198503729
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 18.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book [makes] invaluable reading for undergraduates with a basic knowledge of physical organic chemistry and algebra. I recommend it." James Betts in Education in Chemistry, May 2001

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Dr John Atherton, Process Studies Group, Zeneca Huddersfield Works, Professor Keith Carpenter, Process Studies Group, Zeneca Huddersfield Works,

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understand chemical processes 29 Aug 2010
By Loz
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Understanding chemical processes is a pre-requisite to being able to control them. This is ever so important with respect to the ICH triumvirate Q8-10 which connects Design Space to risk and continuous improvement. In this respect this Oxford primer is a powerful resource to the process chemist and touches upon key areas such as mixing, competing reactions, pre-equilibria, solubility, and multi-phase systems amongst others. Key principles behind scale-up are also discussed, as is the often neglected art of work-up.

Excellent value for money, this book also functions as a great course companion to "Bridging the Gap between Lab and Pilot Plant" that John runs through Scientific Update."
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Good chemistry book 29 Oct 2011
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If you need a short book to briefly introduce chemists to the basics of chemical process development, this book is a great choice. In 88 pages deals with the fundaments in a very superficial way, and the only requisites (desirable but not indispensable) is at least one physical chemistry and two organic chemistry courses.
For chemical engineers and industrial chemists the book will be less than acceptable for the very same reasons exposed before.

Contents: 1. The scope of process development (introduction); 2. Strategy for process development (reaction profiles, conversion, selectivity and yield); 3. Pre-reaction equilibria (effect on reaction profile and kinetic law); 4. Competing reactions in homogeneous systems (effect of selectivity and yield, and a very short introduction to free enegy relationships); 5. Mixing effects and pseudo-homogeneous systems (turbulence and mixing regimes); 6. Equilibria in multiphase systems (partition, ionization and salt effects); 7. Dispersion and mass transfer in multi-phase systems (creating gas and liquid-liquid dispersions); 8. Mass-transfer and reaction in two-phase systems (effect of heterogeneity on selectivity); 9. Product isolation and work-up (short review on distillation, extraction and crystallization); 10. Scale-up.
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