Petrochemicals in Nontechnical Language / Edition 4

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Don Burdick and Bill Leffler have completely rewritten this time-honored bestseller. With its chapters on all the base chemicals and derivatives, plus seven new ones covering the Fischer-Tropsch process, polyurethane, epoxy resins, and more, the 4th edition presents the broadest available look inside the petrochemical industry.

Petrochemicals in Nontechnical Language, 4th Edition is a classic that delivers the information every person in the industry needs, translating difficult concepts into understandable language with easy-to-understand diagrams, charts, and tables, and digestible chapter reviews. Read it cover to cover or by chapter as the subject comes up in your business. Use it as a nontechnical encyclopedia or as a primer in petrochemical economics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593702168
  • Publisher: PennWell Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 482,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

* What you need to know about organic chemistry

• Processes and equipment

• Benzene

• Toluene and xylene

• Olefin plants, ethylene, and propylene

• Cyclohexane

• The C4 hydrocarbon family

• Cumene and phenol

• Ethylbenzene and styrene

• Ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride and epichlorohydrin

• Ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol

• Propylene oxide and propylene glycol

• Ethanolamines and polyols

• Methanol and synthesis gas

• Fischer-Tropsche process

• Lots of other alcohols


• Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde

• Ketones

• Acids

• Maleic

• Acrylonitrile, acrylic acid, and acrylates

• Aniline and phosgene

• Bisphenol A

• Alpha olefins

• Making polymers

• Thermoplastics

• MDI and TDI

• Polyurethane

• Epoxy resins and polycarbonates

• Fibers and other resins

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