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An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics

Michel Soustelle, Ecole des Mines, Saint-Etienne, France

ISBN: 9781848213029

Publication Date: June 2011   Hardback   480 pp.

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This book is a progressive presentation of kinetics of the chemical reactions. It provides complete coverage of the domain of chemical kinetics, which is necessary for the various future users in the fields of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Chemistry and Combustion. It will help them to understand the most sophisticated knowledge of their future job area.
Over 15 chapters, this book present the fundamentals of chemical kinetics, its relations with reaction mechanisms and kinetic properties. Two chapters are then devoted to experimental results and how to calculate the kinetic laws in both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. The following two chapters describe the main approximation modes to calculate these laws. Three chapters are devoted to elementary steps with the various classes, the principles used to write them and their modeling using the theory of the activated complex in gas and condensed phases. Three chapters are devoted to the particular areas of chemical reactions, chain reactions, catalysis and the stoichiometric heterogeneous reactions. Finally the non-steady-state processes of combustion and explosion are treated in the final chapter.


Part 1. Basic Concepts of Chemical Kinetics
1. Chemical Reaction and Kinetic Quantities.
2. Reaction Mechanisms and Elementary Steps.
3. Kinetic Properties of Elementary Reactions.
4. Kinetic Data Acquisition.
5. Experimental Laws and Calculation of Kinetic Laws of Homogeneous Systems.
6. Experimental Data and Calculation of Kinetic Laws of Heterogeneous Reactions.
7. Pseudo- and Quasi-steady State Modes.
8. Modes with Rate-determining Steps.
Part 2. Reaction Mechanisms and Kinetic Properties
9. Establishment and Resolution of a Reaction Mechanism.
10. Theory of the Activated Complex in the Gas Phase.
11. Modeling Elementary Reactions in Condensed Phase.
12. The Kinetics of Chain Reactions.
13. Catalysis and Catalyzed Reactions.
14. Kinetics of Heterogeneous Stoichiometric Reactions.
15. Kinetics of Non-pseudo-steady State Modes.
Appendix 1. Point Defects and Structure Elements of Solids.
Appendix 2. Notions of Microscopic Thermodynamics.
Appendix 3. Vibration Frequency of the Activated Complex.

About the Authors

Michel Soustelle is a chemical engineer and Emeritus Professor at Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in France. He taught chemical kinetics from postgraduate to Master’s levels while also carrying out research in this topic.


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