I already liked the second edition. With the complete facelift, the redrawing of all figures and the rewriting of the text it is a up-to-date book for both learning and reference. The excersises are fun and range from easy to real-life (almost)unsolvable. Some are also funny and help the reader with a fresh eye on some problems, like the popcorn reactor or Sherlock Holmes mystery. The author uses mathematics as a tool rather than an art in itself, so anyone with basic mathematical skills should be able to follow the concepts. The author refers to "old" literature, giving an excellent source of references otherwise lost to me. The first part starts with homogeneous reactions in ideal reactors, covering kinetics. After introducing the basics of reactor design, comparison of designs are given for different kinds of single and multiple reactons. The second part deals with flow patterns and non-ideal flow covering age distribution and conversion in non-ideal flow reactors. Different models are discussed to account for non-ideal flow. The concepts of earliness of mixing, segregation and residence time distribution are discussed in the last chapter of this part. The next part deals with solid catalytic systems, and either gas/solid or liquid/solid reactors. Catalyst deactivation is also covered. The fourth part is dealing with mass-transfer for liquid/liquid and liquid/soldi systems. A new part dealing with biochemical reactions was added to this edition. Being rather short it gives the basics of enzyme kinetics and deals with fermentation of whole cells. For me it seemed that the author is not too familiar with the topic, nonetheless the part is concise and to the point, but not as exhaustive coverage as for other topics of the book.
This is an excellent book but beware. The print is shoddy, my version had two pages missing, marks and scuffs on the egdes and even inside!? There were also pages bound in strange folded positions and bits missing from some creative use of the guilotine. Definitely buy levenspiel for any reaction engineering course in a chemical engineering degree, but buy it from a different seller!
This book basically teach you all about reaction engineering. Clear diagram, and even show you how to solve very complex multiple reaction. If you are doing final year or reaction engineering research, it will be a best book for you. Not so good for introductory level chemical engineering though, as some of the equation can be quite complex to understand.