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Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering

Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering

2nd Edition

H. Fogler

Nov 2017, Paperback, 816 pages
ISBN13: 9780134663890
ISBN10: 0134663896
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Today’s Definitive, Undergraduate-Level Introduction to Chemical Reaction Engineering Problem-Solving

For 30 years, H. Scott Fogler’s Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering has been the #1 selling text for courses in chemical reaction engineering. Now, in Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Second Edition, Fogler has distilled this classic into a modern, introductory-level guide specifically for undergraduates. This is the ideal resource for today’s students: learners who demand instantaneous access to information and want to enjoy learning as they deepen their critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Fogler successfully integrates text, visuals, and computer simulations, and links theory to practice through many relevant examples.

This updated edition covers mole balances, conversion and reactor sizing, rate laws and stoichiometry, isothermal reactor design, rate data collection/analysis, multiple reactions, reaction mechanisms, pathways, bioreactions and bioreactors, catalysis, catalytic reactors, nonisothermal reactor designs, and more. Its multiple improvements include a new discussion of activation energy and a significantly revamped chapter on heat effects.

To promote the transfer of key skills to real-life settings, Fogler presents three styles of problems:

  1. Straightforward problems that reinforce the principles of chemical reaction engineering
  2. Living Example Problems (LEPs) that allow students to rapidly explore the issues and look for optimal solutions
  3. Open-ended problems that encourage students to practice creative problem-solving skills

About the Web Site

The companion Web site offers extensive enrichment opportunities and additional content, including

  • Complete PowerPoint slides for lecture notes for chemical reaction engineering classes.
  • Links to additional software, including POLYMATH, MATLAB, Wolfram Mathematica, AspenTech, and COMSOL.
  • Interactive learning resources linked to each chapter, including Learning Objectives, Summary Notes, Web Modules, Interactive Computer Games, Solved Problems, FAQs, additional homework problems, and links to Learncheme.
  • Living Example Problems that provide more than 60 interactive simulations, allowing students to explore the examples and ask “what-if” questions.
  • Professional Reference Shelf, containing advanced content on reactors, weighted least squares, experimental planning, laboratory reactors, pharmacokinetics, wire gauze reactors, trickle bed reactors, fluidized bed reactors, CVD boat reactors, detailed explanations of key derivations, and more.
  • Problem-solving strategies and insights on creative and critical thinking.


About the Author

Chapter 1: Mole Balances

Chapter 2: Conversion and Reactor Sizing

Chapter 3: Rate Laws

Chapter 4: Stoichiometry

Chapter 5: Isothermal Reactor Design: Conversion

Chapter 6: Isothermal Reactor Design: Moles and Molar Flow Rates

Chapter 7: Collection and Analysis of Rate Data

Chapter 8: Multiple Reactions

Chapter 9: Reaction Mechanisms, Pathways, Bioreactions, and Bioreactors

Chapter 10: Catalysis and Catalytic Reactors

Chapter 11: Nonisothermal Reactor Design—The Steady-State Energy Balance and Adiabatic PFR Applications

Chapter 12: Steady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design—Flow Reactors with Heat Exchange

Chapter 13: Unsteady-State Nonisothermal Reactor Design

Appendix A: Numerical Techniques

Appendix B: Ideal Gas Constant and Conversion Factors

Appendix C: Thermodynamic Relationships Involving the Equilibrium Constant

Appendix D: Software Packages

Appendix E: Rate Law Data

Appendix F: Nomenclature

Appendix G: Open-Ended Problems

Appendix H: Use of Computational Chemistry Software Packages

Appendix I: How to Use the CRE Web Resources


  • Teaches chemical reaction engineering through logic and “living example” problems, not memorization
  • New edition includes strong coverage of unsteady-state, non-isothermal reactor design, and the molecular understanding of chemical reactions
  • Complemented by online resources that support students of all learning styles -- including expanded content, lecture notes, software tutorials, links to YouTube videos, PowerPoint slides, and more
  • By H. Scott Fogler, a pioneer in chemical engineering education that teaches students how to be more effective critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

H. Scott Fogler is the Ame and Catherine Vennema Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He has been research advisor to forty-five Ph.D. students, and has more than two hundred thirty-five refereed publications. He was 2009 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Fogler has chaired ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Division, served as director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and earned the Warren K. Lewis Award from AIChE for contributions to chemical engineering education. He has received the Chemical Manufacturers Association’s National Catalyst Award and the 2010 Malcom E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research.