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.
Focusing on today’s major fuel resources, this book discusses the natural processes by which they formed; their composition and properties; and the ways in which they are converted or upgraded into the forms in commercial use. It is ideal for graduate students and professionals in chemical engineering and energy technology.
About the Author
Harold H. Schobert is Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science, Pennsylvania State University, and Extraordinary Professor, Coal Research Group, North-West University. A recognized leading authority on energy technology, he has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research on fuel chemistry.
- Series: Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering
- Hardcover: 497 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521114004
- ISBN-13: 978-0521114004