Description - Kinetics of Homogeneous Multistep Reactions by Friedrich G. Helfferich
This text primarily addresses the chemist and engineer in industrial research and process development, where competitive pressures put a premium on scale-up by large factors to cut development time. To be safe, such scale-up should be based on "fundamental" kinetics, that is, mathematics that reflect the elementary steps of which the reactions consist. The book forges fundamental kinetics into a practical tool by presenting new effective methods for elucidation of mechanisms and reduction of mathematical complexity without unacceptable sacrifice in accuracy. For elucidation of pathways and networks, the book provides a host of new rules relating typical network configurations to observable kinetic behavior. Any configuration producing behavior contrary to observation cannot be correct, so incorrect networks can be rejected by whole classes instead of one by one. For modeling, the book provides general equations and algorithms applicable to networks of arbitrary size and configuration. Equations for specific networks can be recovered from these by simple substitutions.
The procedures are illustrated with examples of industrial reactions, including olefin hydroformylation and alcohol ethoxylation in detergent manufacture, hydrocyanation and paraffin oxidation in du Pont's Nylon process, and free-radical polymerization of styrene among many others. Many of the rate equations derived have not been published previously. Although the book is restricted to homogeneous reactions, it should be of use also for heterogeneous catalysis as the principles apply equally to reactions on catalyst surfaces. While not covering reactor design, the book points out how facets of complex kinetics impact reactor choice or present pitfalls to beware of.
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