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    1. Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language (Pennwell Nontechnical Series)
    by William L. Leffler
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    Asin: 0878147764
    Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
    Publisher: Pennwell Books
    Sales Rank: 76970
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The FIRST book you want to read about Petroleum Refining!
    If you're new to the "nontechnical" sector of Petroleum Refining this should be your first stop for industry knowledge! Leffler's captivating writing style will lead you naturally from the beginning to the end of the refining process, thoroughly and concisely explaining all of the important and essential points along the way. It's definately a MUST READ!

    David Morris, SPHR.........Director Human Resources

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for basics, sometimes too simple
    This is a very good publication for anybody who wants to understand the basics of refining without too much chemistry or engineering details. Easy to understand, but sometime I would wish for a deeper discussion of the issues and problems. It is a MUST for nontechnical staff in refineries (eg. finance) and it gives enough background for good discussion with engineers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for basics, sometimes oversimplifying
    This is a very good publication for anybody who wants to understand the basics of refining without too much chemistry or engineering details. Easy to understand, but sometime I would wish for a deeper discussion of the processes. It is a MUST for nontechnical staff in refineries (eg. finance) and it gives enough background for good discussion with engineers. ... Read more


    2. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
    by WarrenMcCabe, JulianSmith, PeterHarriott
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    Asin: 0070393664
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-22)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
    Sales Rank: 252746
    Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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    * The most comprehensive of all current chemical engineering texts on unit operations; covers fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, and solids handling
    * Contains a balanced treatment of theory and engineering practice, with many practical illustrative examples included
    * Includes a mass transfer section containing chapters on absorption and membrane operations--topics not often covered in unit operations textbooks
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fluid mechanics ,transprtation of fluids
    it is the best books i have ever read in my semester ofchemical engineering. the topic i like the most, is transportation offluids .this book is recommended by my professor. the matter of turbulent flow and laminar flow is just fantastic.

    thank you!

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is inadequte
    I feel that this book is inadequte for students and professionals alike. It does not explain well how systems act in real life situations, like most academia books

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for students yet too general for professionals
    I work in the chemical operations sector. I will highly recommend this book for 3rd or 4rth year future chemical engineers. It contains viable information on many units that they will just have to know about. However, I will not recommend it for working operation engineers. It is too general for us, it doesn't problem shoot units such as pumps and compressors. I don't think that I have much use for this book, specially that I own the Perry's Handbook.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This book is an annotated index to Perry's
    Warning: This is not a textbook. Basically, they took out some of the stuff from Perry's and rewrote it more carefully and filled in some of the details. In general, this book is hard to read, missing important things, and burdened with unimportant things. It really does no justice to the quality and quantity of amazing insight inside the head of Peter Harriott (from whom I've taken classes). I can't deny that it makes an awesome reference book, but woe to any class that depends on this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a ChemE Must
    I went to cornell where Prof. Harriot teaches. This book is a must for reference. There are points where it is a little difficult but it is really a overall good book. ... Read more


    3. Structural Analysis (5th Edition)
    by Russell C. Hibbeler, Russell C Hibbeler
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    Asin: 0130418250
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-13)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 261226
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    This book provides students with a clear and thorough presentation of the theory and application of structural analysis as it applies to trusses, beams, and frames. Emphases are placed on teaching readers to both model and analyze a structure. A hallmark of the book, Procedures for Analysis, has been retained in this edition to provide learners with a logical, orderly method to follow when applying theory.Chapter topics include types of structures and loads, analysis of statically determinate structures, analysis of statically determinate trusses, internal loadings developed in structural members, cables and arches, influence lines for statically determinate structures, approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures, deflections, analysis of statically indeterminate structures by the force method, displacement method of analysis: slope-deflection equations, displacement method of analysis: moment distribution, analysis of beams and frames consisting of nonprismatic members, truss analysis using the stiffness method, beam analysis using the stiffness method, and plane frame analysis using the stiffness method.For individuals planning for a career as structural engineers. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good For Self Study
    I have studied every single page of this book. It is very good for self study and an ideal one towards undergraduate perfection. Complex topics are told in a very clear manner. Examples and figures make the book so understandable. Strongly recommended before entering into advanced topics...
    (I could find 2 errors but they are obvious if you be careful)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but full of errors
    This book could be a great book for the unergrad intro to structures course. It has a nice writing style, it is easy to understand, and has plenty of example problems. However, it is FULL of errors. It think someone in my class would find a new error at least once a week.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great book
    a great book for understading structural analysis. period

    5-0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY PERFECT
    I strongly recommend any civil engineering student to obtain this book.It covers whole subjects in elementary structural mechanics and structural analysis in great detail. There are large number of example problems solved neatly.I could not detect any mistake in the text or problem part.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Structural Analysis
    Dr. Hibbeler has put a complicated topic in terms and examples that any engineering student can understand. The 4th edition has corrected most errors and shows the introduction to the breadth and depth of structural anaylsis. The layout of Dr. Hibbeler's stuctural anaylsis, flows from the Static's and Mechanics of Materials that all students of Civil Engineering have been introduced to. ... Read more


    4. Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production
    by Norman J. Hyne, Norm J. Ph.D. Hyne, Norman J. Ph.d Hyne
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    Asin: 087814823X
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
    Publisher: Pennwell Books
    Sales Rank: 109782
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview for people new to the field
    It is exactly what the title says. If you're new to the field, this book provides an excellent, fairly detailed description of both onshore and offshore upstream operations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the oil business
    If you're interested in learning about the dynamics of the oil industry and you know absolutely nothing about it, this is the book for you. Norman Hyne describes industry jargon with dictionary-like simplicity and guides you through the basics of oil drilling, where oil is located and why, how to read seismographs, and many other things. The book has photos and drawings throughout the book that help you understand what is being described and put things into the concrete.

    This book seems to be written as a classroom textbook, but I read it cover-to-cover. ... Read more


    5. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    by J. M.Smith, Hendrick C Van Ness, MichaelAbbott, J. M. Smith, Hendrick Van Ness
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    Asin: 0072402962
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-14)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
    Sales Rank: 157037
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 6/e, presents comprehensive coverage of the subject of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. The text provides a thorough exposition of the principles of thermodynamics and details their application to chemical processes.The chapters are written in a clear, logically organized manner, and contain an abundance of realistic problems, examples, and illustrations to help students understand complex concepts.New ideas, terms, and symbols constantly challenge the readers to think and encourage them to apply this fundamental body of knowledge to the solution of practical problems.

    The comprehensive nature of this book makes it a useful reference both in graduate courses and for professional practice. The sixth edition continues to be an excellent tool for teaching the subject of chemical engineering thermodynamics to undergraduate students. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Useless
    Ok, so i am a chemical engineering student, and this is supposed to be the textbook. Which allegedly would later on make it a forced reference for a student. However, the only useful information is the steam tables, because the properties and other things are insufficient, trust me, the book has sitted on my shelf unused for a year and a half. I have not sold it because no one here would buy it. The explanations are poor. If you want to know about thermodynamics, this is really not your book, I would rather recommend a Fisicochemistry book.

    As for properties tables and the such, well, the information you are really going to use is all summed up in the Chemical Engineer's Handbook, which is a must for any ChE, even if you're just a student (believe me, it has saved me a lot of times).

    2-0 out of 5 stars Old, outdated classic cant compete with modern thermo books!
    Although the book is totally introductory, it does *not* serve well to teach you something. Contents, concepts, structure, didactics, writing style and layout are more than obsolete: this text is the worst US-textbook on thermo ever (engineering thermo/chemical thermo/chemical engineering thermo), believe me! If you do not share my opinion, then it must be due to your absolute ignorance regarding this field or your pretended incompetence. This book is neither worth buying, owning, working with, nor looking at. Do not waste your time with this superficial and totally introductory, conveying-nothing text. The reason why this has been a best-seller from the late 1940's to the late 1980's (four decades!) is its age: it has been the *very* first, (c)1949, and thus, the most well-known, popular book on chem eng thermo. 'The eldest' is always being respected the most ("a classic"), but this does not mean that a best-selling classic is the best. Forget this outdated title of the (outdated?) McGraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series and profit from the new fresh look and uptodate, modern approach taken by competitive book series (Wiley, Prentice Hall, Wiley-Interscience, and...McGraw-Hill ;). Smith's 6th edition book is an incredibly poor monograph! And by the way, it is rather a treatment of Engineering Thermodynamics than a treatment of Chemical (Engineering) Thermodynamics!! Since this obsolete classic cannot compete with the new titles, I give a 2-stars rating only. 50 years ago, Smith was the de facto standard intro text (and it remains an "Introducation" throughout the 800 pages!), now this has changed.
    Please also read my pos reviews of thermo books by Stanley I. Sandler 1999 (for advanced learners), Noel de Nevers 2002 (for beginners), and Stanley M. Walas 1985 (for workers). For a complete listing of relevant thermo titles have a look at table 8-1, pages 8.2-8.4, in Poling/Prausnitz/O'Connell 5th ed. c2001.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's complete, easy to read and comprehensive
    This book is written specifically for chemical engineers.It covers topics such as EOS for non-ideal multicomponent mixtures, chemical reaction thermodynamics and thermodynamics of solutions. I suggest it to everyone who have trouble with this course.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited out of date
    They just keep adding to this book without removing or editing old material. The book has become a chaotic jumble of ideas of the various authors. There are other better books out there.

    3-0 out of 5 stars ok book
    Well, I think this book is very informative. Unfortunately it is very boring. But, that just goes with the subj. matter. The one thing that is extremely annoying is the unit conversions table. I think that it could had been placed at a more convinient location (inner front cover) instead of being on pg.651/789. On that note, I'd recomment photocopying the u.c.table when working on the problems. An introductory book to get you started is: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (richard m. felder). Great book! ... Read more


    6. Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Sixth Edition
    by Daniel C. Harris
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    Asin: 0716744643
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
    Publisher: W. H. Freeman
    Sales Rank: 36330
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Among Analytical Chemistry books this one is very good
    I respect all reviews, but in my opinion, is very important the teacher in order one student can feel comfortable in a class, for this reason I think some customer reviews of this book (before 17-august-2000) are biased. In my opinion this book is very good, one of the best among several analytical chem. books, even though its CD could be improved a lot. However, if anybody wants to learn about Analytical chemistry in general, this book is an excellent reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent analytical chemistry book
    One of the best written textbooks in any area of chemistry. Here is a measure of the quality of this book. When I was graduate school, most of our research group owned a copy of Harris and we kept it on our shelves for handy reference. We had all purchased it as undergraduates but kept it because we LIKED it and found it so darn useful. It is an excellent general reference for anybody whose work involves chemical analysis. The tables of acid dissociation constants and redox half-potentials are some of the most extensive you will find any textbook.

    When I first started teaching, I used Skoog & West on the basis of my predecessor's recommendation. However, during my first semester, I found myself constantly referring to Harris because of its clear explainations and good examples. In the second semester, I conducted a head-to-head competition with students reading a chapter on the same material from both Harris and from Skoog. The overwhelming student preference was for Harris and I have used it in my classes ever since. Readers who don't like Harris aren't going to be happy with any analytical chemistry textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Analytical Chemistry Textbook!
    When I was an undergraduate student, the reference text was Chimie Analytique Generale by Gaston Charlot (which is quite an antique, completely unexplained, but problems are OK). But when I really needed a clearly explanation, no other book could match Harris. It's clear, yet fully explained, and it's miles better than any Quantitative Chemical Analysis book (e.g. Skoog, Christian, among many others). It covers not only "classic techniques, e.g. titrimetric techniques acid-base equilibria, gravimetric methods, titrimetric analysis by complex with EDTA, among others, but it can also be adapted to Instrumental Methods courses (but, at some point, some additional material must be supplemented).Thanks to that book, I happened to learn quite a lot, and I used it for 4 semesters in Analytical Chemistry. If you don't like this one, you probably won't like any other Quantitative Chemical Analysis textbook. Now that I'm a practicing chemist, I'm still amazed that this book has never abandoned my desk because is an excellent reference work. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Analytical Chemistry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An acceptable book
    I don't particularly enjoy chemistry; but at least the author attempts to throw some random humor throughout the text. The material covered by the book is horrifically boring; (I think) but the occasional jokes make the reading marginally more bearable. It's one of the better Chemistry textbooks I've read due to the less serious tone of the author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Defintive Book for Analytical Chemistry
    This book is the definitive guide for anyone who is taking a course in Analytical Chemistry or just wants to learn about Analytical Chemistry. The language and examples are straight-forward and very easy to understand and format is easy and progressive without being intimidating to anyone who may find chemistry to be a difficult subject to understand. ... Read more


    7. Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook
    by Robert H. Perry, Donald W. Green
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    Asin: 0070498415
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 48750
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    This is the new edition of chemical and process engineers' favorite reference. Previous editions of this authoritative, comprehensive handbook have sold more than 887,000 copies. This Seventh Edition contains 50% new or revised material, including new information on condensers, reboilers, evaporators, and vessels; multicomponent and enhance distillation including azeotropic, extractive, and reactive methods; gas absorption processes with data on plate performance, plate design, and packed towers, super-critical fluid and membrane separation processes; biochemical separation processes; materials of construction; and materials for process applications. The Handbook is once again the standard in the field--with all the facts, figures, methods, and data engineers rely on and need. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The indispensable reference for engineers and scientists.
    Perry's Handbook has been found indispensable by chemical engineers, and a wide variety of other engineers and scientists, through six previous editions spanning more than sixty years. The NST/Engineers, Inc. reviewer, a Ph.D., PE favors the hardbound book as a desk reference, whereas he favors the CD format (ISBN# 0071344128) where a laptop or copying text or calculations are required. Users familiar with previous editions of Perry's will find additional text sections, tables, and figures. The reviewer did not detect deletions of any required material.

    You will notice the increased use of SI units. Section 1, of thirty Handbook sections, "Conversion Factors and Mathematical Symbols", provides a rescue line for those of us much more accustomed to U.S., British, and older Metric units and who are not fully conversant with S.I. units. The first one-third of the Handbook lays the theoretical groundwork for a fuller understanding of its final two-thirds.

    Section 2 provides physical properties data, including tables of constants for properties' correlations covering wide temperature ranges. Methods for the prediction and correlation of physical properties are explained. Section 3 summarizes mathematics through differential equations and statistics. Sections 4 through 7 may be considered short texts on "Thermodynamics", "Heat and Mass Transfer", "Fluid and Particle Dynamics", and "Reaction Kinetics".

    In its eighty-four double column text pages, Section 8 covers the "Fundamentals of Process Dynamics and Control". It includes model predictive control, process optimization, unit operations control, process measurements, and concludes with controllers, final control elements, and regulators. Section 9, "Process Economics", takes the reader through calculations involved in investment and profitability decisions, cost control, and cost estimation. Starting with Section 10, "Transport and Storage of Fluids", and for most of the following twenty sections, the chemical engineering unit operations, details of more specialized theories and operating practices, calculation methods, interface studies between chemical engineering and other disciplines (i.e., Biochemical Engineering and Waste Management), and data specific to the topic being presented are given.

    As previously stated, these latter sections, about two-thirds of the book, build upon an understanding of the fundamentals presented earlier. For example, Section 10; Section 11, "Heat Transfer Equipment"; Section 12, "Psychrometry, Evaporative Cooling, and Solids Drying"; Section 13, "Distillation"; Section 14, "Gas Absorption"; Section 15, "Liquid-Liquid Extraction"; Section 16, "Adsorption and Ion Exchange"; Section 17, "Gas-Solid Operations and Equipment"; and Section 18, "Liquid-Solid Operations and Equipment"; build on an understanding of Section 4, "Thermodynamics", Section 5, "Heat and Mass Transfer", and Section 6 "Fluid and Particle Dynamics". However, the book sections are all prepared to be rather self-sufficient so that readers without the earlier fundamental background can still gather useful working information.

    The final twelve sections complete the review of unit operations and add important interdisciplinary studies. The sections are: "Solid-Solid Operations and Equipment"; "Size Reduction and Size Enlargement"; "Handling of Bulk Solids and Packaging of Solids and Liquids"; "Alternative Separation Processes"; "Chemical Reactors" (building on Section 7 "Reaction Kinetics"); "Biochemical Engineering"; "Waste Management"; "Process Safety"; "Energy resources, Conversion, and Utilization"; "Materials of Construction"; "Process Machinery Drives"; and "Analysis of Plant Performance";

    Actually, a reasonable understanding of the contents of Perry's, including how to find and use the voluminous data, is equivalent to the text-based learning at the completion of a Master's degree in chemical engineering.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good Tables
    I have used this book only when I need thermodynamic, physical or chemical data. However the other sections of this book are not practical at all, for those who can read and apply from pure math this is the one; for those looking for practical applications using the information given by this book, sorry fellas this is not the place for it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A must to show the reality
    This is the best book to show how distant are the theory and the practice of a Chemical Engineer.

    2-0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss?
    Perry's has been gathering dust on my bookshelf at home for years. I always think of it as the book to go to if you want to NOT find the answer to something. In my 20 year career and in my PE test effort, the only thing I ever used it for was to look up properties of substances. It is NOT friendly to the working engineer, since it quickly veers into arcane academic territory on every subject, or else is too general to be useful. This is a serious review of this book by a ChE PE, but I know this review will get panned by all, not because it is not useful, but because you do not agree with it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A milestone for the chemical engineer's knowledge
    Perry's Handbook is simply a must for every chemical engineer. I found it essential during my studies and above all for the every day working. Well organized, clear, simple and rigorous at the same time. Believe me, you must have it on your desk. ... Read more


    8. Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing, Fourth Edition
    by KristerForsberg, S. Z.Mansdorf
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    Asin: 0471271055
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-24)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 222852
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    This Fourth Edition of the Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing has been revised significantly, including 100 new chemicals and approximately 1000 more selection recommendations compared to previous editions. The color-coded tables of recommendations containing 16 representative protective clothing materials have been updated by replacing two of the barriers.
    The best-selling pocket guide now includes 700 chemicals, additional synonyms, CAS numbers, risk codes and special notations to alert the user. A section on chemical warfare agents and selection recommendations of protective clothing against chemical warfare agents, have also been added in this edition.

    The Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing, Fourth Edition is an essential field guide for spill responders, safety engineers, industrial hygienists, chemists and chemical engineers, purchase agents, sales people, and workers in all industries. ... Read more


    9. From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel
    by Joshua Tickell, Kaia Roman, Kaia Tickell
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    Asin: 0970722702
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
    Publisher: Tickell Energy Consultants
    Sales Rank: 14048
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank is the first and only book that details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil (SVO). This book is packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources. If you want to stop supporting Mid-East Petroleum oil, you must get this book. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and to the point
    Excellent book for anyone interested in alternative energy and environmental issues. The authors make a brief but persuasive argument that biodiesel is simple, proven technology that could largely end US dependence on foreign oil and radically improve urban air quality.

    The only thing I missed in the book is more detail about the environmental superiority of the diesel engine compared to spark-ignition gas engines. Contrary to conventional wisdom and the (admittedly well-meaning) beliefs of most environmentalists, diesels (even when run on fossil fuels) are in general less damaging to the environment than gas engines. When diesel engines are run on biodiesel there is no contest---emissions are radically improved and the fuel consumed actually contains more energy (from the Earth's standpoint) than was used to produce it---because it comes from plants, which absorb free energy from the sun.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's available!
    Joshua Tickell's splendid book gives detailed information about actually making your own biodiesel fuel - and it works!
    On the other hand, if you are thinking of buying a used diesel car and want to buy biodiesel fuel to run it, but don't feel you have the time or know-how to make it yourself over time - there are now a few places where you can actually buy it - one on Maui, and one in New England - western Massachusetts - and perhaps more. If you search the Web for biodiesel, you'll find it! Good luck - and tell them we sent you!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not economically feasible for most people
    If you want to do something like this for your own amusement, this is a good book. It explains the what, how, and why of making old burger grease into biodiesel fuel, and I suppose it would be a fun project for some people. I know of two people who have, with results just as described: yes, Virginia, it runs.

    Is it cost-effective as a source of fuel? Probably no. If you figure only your own time on a per-gallon basis, it's probably cheaper to pull up to the truck stop-before you fabricate any equipment, set aside the real estate, buy the wood alcohol and lye and the needed safety equipment to safely handle the incredibly caustic sodium methoxide, and set about getting the local burger joints to give you their used grease-a bigger challenge than the author expplains in many areas!

    My only other proviso is I wouldn't put the stuff in my only go-to-work vehicle. Until you have got the process down there's the danger of taking out expensive injection pumps and injectors with water, debris, and sodium methoxide. Biodiesel may also be incompatible with seals and bearings in some diesel systems, so I would buy a second hobby vehicle to tinker with, one that you are comfortable working on yourself. No diesel manufacturer will cover problems induced by homemade biofuel under warranty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about biodiesel and more
    If you going to run biodiesel (or straight veggie oil) people are going to have lots of questions for you, because most people are still unaware of biodiesel and those that have heard of it may not know a lot. I always figure that to be ready to field questions on a complex subject such as biodiesel, you need to know the facts in quite a bit of detail so you can boil them down to simple responses without distorting the truth. This is the book that covers all these bases for anyone remotely interested in biodiesel: pros/cons, sustainability, pollution info, vehicle warranties, how biodiesel is made, veggie oil conversions, etc., it's all here. You must buy this book if you are even considering running biodiesel!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A new Paradigm in Alternative Fuels
    Tickell's groundbreaking work is filled with great information on the economics and potential of vegetable oil-based fuels, as well as detailed information on how to make biodiesel (suitable for any diesel engine), as well as how to modify a diesel car to run on free, recycled waste vegetable oil. I got a kit to do it myself, and drove my car from Colorado to Missouri and back, all for FREE on waste vegetable oil. It really works, folks. These simple ideas will change the petroleum economics that run our country and the world. Imagine, growing own own oil domestically. Bush family look out! ... Read more


    10. Modern Plastics Handbook
    by Charles A. Harper
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    Asin: 0070267146
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-24)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 93056
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    State-of-the-art guide to plastic product design, manufacture and application.Edited by Charles A. Harper and sponsored by Modern Plastics, the industry's most prestigious trade magazine, Modern Plastics Handbook packs a wealth of up-to-date knowledge about plastics processes, forms and formulations, design, equipment, testing and recycling. This A-to-Z guide keeps you on top of:*Properties and performance of thermoplastics, polymer blends...thermosets, reinforced plastics and composites...natural and synthetic elastomers *Processes from extrusion, injection and blow molding to thermoforming, foam processing, hand lay-up and filament winding, and many, many more *Fabricating...post-production finishing and bonding...coatings and finishes, subjects difficult to find treated elsewhere in print*More! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Modern Plastics Handbook
    It is another useful for anyone who is dealing with plastics. Clear explanation and information. ... Read more


    11. Perfume : The Art and Science of Scent
    by Cathy Newman
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    Asin: 0792273788
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
    Publisher: National Geographic
    Sales Rank: 146458
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    The Essence of Illusion

    Promise her anything...but give her Perfume. This bewitching, lavishly illustrated book explores every aspect of the fascinating yet little-known art and science of scent, which for thousands of years has worked its powerfully seductive magic on men and women all over the world.

    You'll witness every stage of the development of a perfume, from the rose fields of rural Morocco to the finest department stores of Paris and New York. You'll attend a school for perfumers in Provence where hopeful apprentices hone their skills, meet the legendary alchemists who create complex, closely guarded formulas, which can be worth millions, and listen in as executives devise strategies for tapping the 15-billion-dollar-a-year perfume market -- an intensely competitive arena where failure can literally destroy a company.

    Throughout, you'll glory in stunning color photographs that capture all the elegance and romance of an art where image is truly everything -- the sensuous shape of a crystal flask filled with amber enchantment, the alluring promise of a whiff of scent on a gentle evening breeze, the extraordinary power of perfume to evoke the memory of a treasured moment. Glamorous, mysterious, enthralling, this is a book as sophisticated and irresistible as the classic art it celebrates. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Informative
    This book gave a fascinating history and overview of the use and creation of perfumes. It all seemed to have started when Romans wore perfume-soaked garments and shoes while Egyptians placed perfumed unguents in their hair to produce a slowly diffused scent that surrounded them.

    From Catherine de Medici in the 16th century to Coty to Coco Chanel, there has been a connection between fashion and fragrance. During this time, the perfume bottle has evolved from a simple container to sculpture, often giving identity to a scent.

    I learned that to be called "perfume", there must be an oil concentration of 22% or more. Eau de parfum has a 15-22% oil concentration while eau de toilette has 8-15% concentration of oil. Cologne has less than 5%.

    The average fragrance has 60-100 ingredients and complex ones can have 300. Estee Lauder's "Beautiful" has 700 ingredients, which is a record.....and its formula is 12 pages long!

    The perfumer must have a vast knowledge of raw materials and also of chemistry. There are only about 400 perfumers in the world and their training can take 10-15 years.

    One reason why perfume can be so expensive is the amount of an ingredient needed to yield what the perfumers use. For example, two tons of rose petals are needed to yield just one pound of rose oil! Petals must also be quickly picked as the amount of oil that they yield diminishes as the day goes on.

    I found the explanation of "headspace technology" very interesting. There are machines that vacuum up the molecules of a scent and then run them through machines that separate the fragrance into chemical components and identify them. This is particularly valuable when collecting the scent of a rare plant or when it is desirable to leave the plant in its natural environment.

    A very informative and beautiful book. The accompanying photos are lovely and give the reader an added level of understanding.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures
    This is a better-than-average coffee table book that gives a very personal account of the author's introduction to the history of the art of perfumery. Good inside information on advertising and perfume promotion. Who knew that CoCo Chanel was such a...freak? If you're looking for specific information about how perfumes are made, as I was, look elsewhere. You can zip through this book in about an hour.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! A Unique Blend of Artistry and Science.
    This bewitching, lavishly illustrated book does really explore every aspect of the fascinating yet little know art and science of scent. This book is very detailed from the beginning to the end.

    The photography is stunning and spectaclar! It captures all the elegance and romance of an art where image is truly everything.

    The book is very well written. It takes you through a very vivid journey into the fascinating world of fragrance. Sophisticated and irresistible as the classic it celebrates.

    I have read this glamous, enthralling book twice and plan to place it on my coffee table as a conversational piece. It is well worth the money, every cents and then some.

    TRULY THE ESSENCE OF ILLUSION!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All I can say is that this book is great. The auther Mrs. Cathy Ellen Newman, can make writing seem more like an art then an occupation. Learning about the proccess of how perfume is made and the science of it is just fascinating even our dignified leader, Mr. Sadahm Housane as insane as he is would like it very much and I hope he orders a copy soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous and enthralling look at the perfume business.
    This book follows the story of the business of perfume. It traces the scent from harvesting the raw materials and the art of the perfumer, to the packaging and marketing of the finished product. It is a story of the perfume business, not a guide to making perfume.

    I read this entire book within two days of receiving it. The text is light but fascinating. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Robb Kendrick. The photos are a sumptuous addition to the story and bring the text to life.

    This book is beautiful and enthralling. Highly recommended. ... Read more


    12. Synthesis of Lactones and Lactams
    by Michael A. Ogliaruso, James F. Wolfe
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    Asin: 0471937347
    Catlog: Book (1993-06)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Sales Rank: 765828
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    13. Transport Phenomena, 2nd Edition
    by R. ByronBird, Warren E.Stewart, Edwin N.Lightfoot
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    Asin: 0471410772
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-25)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 96620
    Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ChE's couldn't survive without this book!
    This book is known as "BSL" on the University of Wisconsin - Madison engineering campus for its renowned authors and UW-Madison Professors: Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot. I was lucky enough to have ChE 320: Transport Phenomena, with Prof. Stewart in the late 80's and this book helped me through the class. To this day, I still use my copy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It is commonly known as the bible of transport phenomena.
    The book gives a very in depth look at transport phenomena. A reader who understands this information will have no trouble at simpler subjects such as mass and heat transfer. A must for Chemical Engineers but would recommend the use of a good professor.

    2-0 out of 5 stars They must've gotten too Old
    While the first edition was the seminal standard, I don't see how the second edition can be considered the same. First of all just look at the back cover, that's glaring. The numeraters and denomenaters in the differential expressions are reversed from what they should be. Then on page 15 the data given for viscosity of water, the columns for dynamic viscosity in mPa-s and kinematic viscosity in cm2/sec are interchanged with each other from what would be correct. Such things make me hesitant to trust any of the rest of this text.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
    I first used BS&L over 30 years ago for my first Transport classes in Chemical Engineering. It's depth and breadth is such that it was a primary text for four other courses I took later in grad school. I pulled the book out a couple of days ago to review my understanding of heat transfer to help explain it to some youngsters.

    To those who complain that it has too much math...take up a new field. Math and science are inextricably linked. Science isn't just your high school teacher babbling about ecology and the "circle of life". This is hard science, the kind that builds nations and brings societies out of disease-infested environments. If you're using this text and can't take the heat, better get out of the kitchen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a surprise may await you !
    I am very pleased with the content of the book - it is a classic. However, there's more to the package. First of all, I was surprised to receive the book from a bookstore in Taiwan, although Amazon never lead me to believe it would come form abroad. Second, the book had a large stamp on it saying "not for sale in the US". This, in itself, has to be illegal. Third, a page feel out of the book right away - although it said "printed in the US", it clearly was NOT US quality. So much for outsourcing! So, buyer beware - you really don't know what you'll get in the mail !!!! ... Read more


    14. Encyclopedia of the Elements : Technical Data - History - Processing - Applications
    by PerEnghag
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    Asin: 3527306668
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-24)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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    Famous for its history of numerous element discoverers, Sweden is the origin of this comprehensive encyclopedia of the elements.

    It provides both an important database for professionals as well as detailed reading ranging from historical facts, discoverers' portraits, color plates of mineral types, natural occurrences, and industrial figures right up to winning and refining processes, biological roles and applications in modern chemistry, engineering and industry.

    Elemental data is presented in fact tables that include numerous physical and thermodynamic properties, isotope lists, radiation absorption characteristics, NMR parameters, and others. Further pertinent data is supplied in additional tables throughout the text.

    Originally published in Swedish in three volumes from 1998 to 2000, the contents have been revised and expanded by the author for this English edition. ... Read more


    15. Petroleum Refining: Technology and Economics
    by James H. Gary, Glenn E. Handwerk
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    Asin: 0824704827
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
    Publisher: Marcel Dekker
    Sales Rank: 218978
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    16. Textiles (9th Edition)
    by Sara J. Kadolph, Anna L. Langford
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    Asin: 0130254436
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-21)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 318803
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight for Seamstress
    I had been searching through all of the sewing books I could find to learn more about the nature of fabric and fibers...and everything I could possibly want to know was here, and more. Absolutely fascinating. It is a textbook, but was written clearly enough that anyone with an interest in the area can easily understand it. I've been teaching classes to costumers and members of the local American Sewing Guild, who are equally impressed with the knowledge we got from this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Connecting Textiles and Science
    I use this book as the text for teaching a basic textiles course for sophmores. This text provides a sound foundation for students understanding the textiles and the science foundations that are the base for predicting textile performance. Every line is packed with information; there is no fluff in this book. If you want to understand WHY textiles and textile products perform in specific ways, this is the book to buy. ... Read more


    17. Hubbert's Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage
    by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
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    Asin: 0691116253
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Sales Rank: 8492
    Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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    Geophysicist M. King Hubbert predicted in 1956 that U.S. oil production would reach its highest level in the early 1970s. Though roundly criticized by oil experts and economists, Hubbert's prediction came true in 1970.

    In this revised and updated edition reflecting the latest information on the world supply of oil, Kenneth Deffeyes uses Hubbert's methods to find that world oil production will peak in this decade--and there isn't anything we can do to stop it. While long-term solutions exist in the form of conservation and alternative energy sources, they probably cannot--and almost certainly will not--be enacted in time to evade a short-term catastrophe. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The wolf is at the door
    Deffeyes hits the nail on the head when he clearly details what petroleum industry insiders already know - it's not "if" global oil production will peak, it's "when." After years of warning about the imminent demise of cheap oil supplies, experts are now splitting hairs about whether or not inexpensive oil production will peak in this decade or the next. The author's easy-going, occasionally humorous prose makes the bad news easier to take, but either way, a serious global oil crisis is looming on the horizon.

    Deffeyes energizes his readers by sweeping us easily through the denser strata of the complexities and developmental progress that built "Big Oil," but he also warns of relying on technology to save us in the future. Unlike many technological optimists, this life-long veteran of the industry concludes that new innovations like gas hydrates, deep-water drilling, and coal bed methane are unlikely to replace once-abundant petroleum in ease of use, production, and versatility. The Era of Carbon Man is ending.

    A no-nonsense oilman blessed with a sense of humor, Deffeyes deftly boils his message down to the quick. Easily-produced petroleum is reaching its nadir, and although they are clean and renewable, energy systems like geothermal, wind and solar power won't solve our energy needs overnight. "Hubbert's Peak" represents an important aspect of the energy crisis, but it is only one factor in this multi-faceted problem that includes biosphere degradation, global warming, per-capita energy decline, and a science/industry community intolerant of new approaches to energy technology research and development. An exciting new book by the Alternative Energy Institute, Inc., "Turning the Corner: Energy Solutions for the 21st Century," addresses all of the components associated with the energy dilemma and is also available on Amazon.com.

    Anyone who is concerned about what world citizens, politicians, and industry in the United States and international community must do to ensure a smooth transition from dependence on dangerous and polluting forms of energy to a more vital and healthier world, needs to read these books. Future generations rely on the decisions we make today.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A must read for any serious energy analyst
    Ken Deffeyes, a colleague of M. King Hubbert, has written a critical book which tells the reader that global oil production will peak in the next decade. Hubbert, a geophysicist employed at Shell, first predicted in 1956 that US oil production would peak around 1970. This has come to pass. Using the same basic analytical methods for global oil production, Deffeyes makes a strong case as to why global oil production will peak in 2004-2009 timeframe. Certain variables can delay the peak in oil production but the peak is inevitable. All of this is neatly laid out in Chapter 1 and presented in detail in Chapter 7 & 8. The remainder of the book is a background in oil exploration and production and some discussion about alternative sources of energy.

    Far from being an environmentalist or policy wonk, Deffeyes, as an oil professional and academic, has clearly outlined the implications of Hubbert's peak for our hydrocarbon-based society. Unfortunately, the short-sighted politicians and policymakers in Wasghington will not want to seriously debate this issue. Instead policies to support America's insatiable hunger for SUV's (and other waste) will continue until an energy supply crisis hits home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative And Well Written
    Kenneth Deffeyes is a former Shell oil geologist and also a former Princeton University professor (now emeritus) so he brings a lot of expertise to the subject of the world oil supply, and at which point supply can't keep pace with demand. He cites often the famous 1956 prediction in which another Shell geologist, a M. King Hubbert, who in a paper said oil production in the United States would peak in the early 1970's, and it sure did peak, in the year 1970, and has been declining ever since. Hubbert used some statistical tools in his analysis, and for this new analysis of the world oil production peak Deffeyes draws on the work of the late Hubbert and with the addition of more up to date statistical tools. Deffeyes says that we have discovered most of the oil that is in the ground, and that drilling deeper will yield only natural gas, the reason for this is fascinating. He also says that it takes about 10 years to bring a new oil field into production, so the expected shortfall of the supply of oil Deffeyes predicts somewhere between the years 2004 and 2009 is inevitable. He also says no major oil fields have been discovered in many years and it is unlikely that another Middle East sized oil field still remains undiscovered, to save us from a bidding war for the remaining oil. The year 2009, according to Deffeyes, is the last possible year that the peak in world oil production will occur.

    This book is full of wisdom and much humor, it is not a stodgy old book, it was a page turner for me. Deffeyes in one chapter says we have paid too much attention to the 'dot com' companies and how many people think our economy can run well by just selling software, etc, back and forth among ourselves, and that we should pay more attention to fundamental activities which are agriculture, mining, ranching, forestry, fisheries, and petroleum. This book is also very informative from a geological standpoint, how oil is trapped in rock layers and how it is drilled for production. Deffeyes says fossil fuels are in a sense a one time gift of nature and if we are wise this fuel will get us to the age of renewable energy. The Green River oil shale formation in the western United States is mentioned in this volume, Deffeyes states that it is roughly equal to all of the world's conventional oil, but at the present price of a barrel of crude oil it is not economical to use at this juncture. Natural gas is also mentioned and may be used more extensively in the future, as well as geothermal energy and a few others. He also says we need to get over our phobia with nuclear energy, I agree with that.

    But as for the basic prediction here of a permanent oil shortage somewhere between 2004 and 2009, Deffeyes does mention that a worldwide recession could affect the time of the shortage, and we are in a worldwide recession as I type this. In addition, I saw on the news that the Russians are ramping up their oil production and this could also affect the year of the shortfall, but nevertheless whether the shortfall occurs in 2004 or 2009, or 2015, it does appear that a shortfall is coming and we should be preparing for it, at least on an individual basis if our governments aren't doing much.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Yikes - Somebody get Mr. Deffeyes a Ghost Writer!
    While I tend to agree with some of what Mr. Deffeyes concludes, I have to say he did a woeful job of presenting a case for his conclusions. Other authors have done much better making a case for the obvious end of rising oil production.

    Deffeyes' writing style is atrocious. He constantly digresses and hopelessly abandons the reader in a morass of minutiae and gaps in written explanations. Most of the book does not even directly address his title. Too much of the book is a disjointed "explanation" of oil industry geology ... "stream of consciousness" petroleum geology/statistics if you will. It is as if he dictated the book, and didn't bother to have it proof read to see if anyone could follow his ramblings.

    I would have given the book one star except for the fact that there are some usefull and understandable explanations in the book. If you are a fanatic on this subject, it may be worthwhile trying to read it. Otherwise, there are many other more persuasive, well written books on the subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
    When a wise old codger of rural roots warns you in humble fashion, "Pardon me, sir, but I dare say you're headed down the wrong road!" something tingling there on the back of your neck warns that you'd better listen. Even more so when the old-timer has risen beyond his oil-patch roots to become a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Kenneth S. Deffeyes doesn't have to impress anybody, and perhaps that's one reason he has written a book on oil that will never give you that scratchy sensation of wool being drawn over your eyes. Deffeyes returns to his Oklahoma City roots to point out, as any fellow atop a tractor or toting a pipe wrench might, that things just can't keep going up and up forever. The difference: Deffeyes has a lifetime of industry and academic experience behind him. So, how real is the coming energy shortage? Well, put it this way: We highly recommend this book only to those individuals and companies who rely on electricity or the internal combustion engine. Stone age denizens need not sign up. ... Read more


    18. Pharmaceutical Process Validation: An International Edition (Drugs and the Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Series of Textbooks and Monographs)
    by Ira R. Berry, Alfred Wachter, Robert Nash, Robert A. Nash
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    Asin: 0824708385
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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    Banner Pharmacaps, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Drugs and the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 57. New edition of a text for pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers on good manufacturing practice and the applicability of process validation. 31 U.S. contributors. DNLM: Drug Evaluation standards - United States. ... Read more


    19. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering
    by Tom D. Reynolds, Paul Richards
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    Asin: 0534948847
    Catlog: Book (1995-12-22)
    Publisher: Thomson-Engineering
    Sales Rank: 487893
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    The text is written for both Civil and Environmental Engineering students enrolled in Wastewater Engineering courses, and for Chemical Engineering students enrolled in Unit Processes or Transport Phenomena courses.It is oriented toward engineering design based on fundamentals.The presentation allows the instructor to select chapters or parts of chapters in any sequence desired. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering
    Good and well organized book for a graduate class in environmental/sanitary engineering. Unlike the traditionally used book, it is organized for easy reference and study. It includes most of the unit processes to consider in the desing of wastewater and water treatment plants. I wish it would expand a litte more in the water part. The wastewater is covered very well. It is a good book to keep as a reference. Answer to key problems are provided for easiness of verification of process. Couple of formulas are outdated in the air transfer chapter, not major problem. ... Read more


    20. Biocatalysis
    by Andreas SebastianBommarius, Bettina R. Riebel
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    Asin: 3527303448
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-26)
    Publisher: Wiley-VCH
    Sales Rank: 464932
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    This book not only covers reactions, products and processes with and from biological catalysts, but also the process of designing and improving such biocatalysts, taking into account all recent insights.
    A unique feature is that the fields of organic chemistry, biology and bioengineering receive equal attention, such that practitioners and students from all three areas are addressed.
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