Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels

Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels

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Focusing on today's major fuel resources ethanol, biodiesel, wood, natural gas, petroleum products and coal this book discusses the formation, composition and properties of the fuels, and the ways in which they are processed for commercial use. The book examines the origin of fuels through natural processes such as photosynthesis and the geological transformation of ancient plant material; the relationships between their composition, molecular structures, and physical properties; and the various processes by which they are converted or refined into the fuel products appearing on today's market. Fundamental chemical aspects such as catalysis and the behaviour of reactive intermediates are presented, and global warming and anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are also discussed. The book is suitable for graduate students in energy engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemistry, as well as professional scientists and engineers."show more

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  • Book | 502 pages
  • United States
  • English
  • 1139624407
  • 9781139624404

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"This well-organized, well-written, and fact-laden book is the product of mounting societal attention to the consequences of the the use of carbon fuels for global climate change an authoritative and detailed explication of the life history of fossil and renewable biofuels Full understanding of this material will require an undergraduate acquaintance with organic chemistry Highly recommended." Choice"show more