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Elements of a Sustainable World

John Evans

September 2020

ISBN: 9780198827849

336 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £29.99

This book shows how chemical principles can be used to understand the pressures on our world, spanning from greenhouse emissions through freshwater supplies to energy generation and storage.

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This book shows how chemical principles can be used to understand the pressures on our world, spanning from greenhouse emissions through freshwater supplies to energy generation and storage.

  • Advanced undergraduate level textbook on sustainable chemistry
  • Contextual focus on four spheres of the ancient world: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
  • Consistent style to aid readers in understanding
  • Provides current evidence of environmental effects

About the Author(s)

John Evans, Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Southampton

John Evans holds a BSc (Imperial College) and PhD (University of Cambridge) in Chemistry. Following further periods of research at Princeton University and Cambridge he moved to the University of Southampton in 1976 as a Royal Society Pickering Research Fellow. He became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1990. There he has served as Head of Teaching, Head of Department and Dean of Science. He was also Science Program Advisor at the Diamond Light Source |(2002-2007) and his research has centred on studying catalysts in situ. He was also an editor of the Oxford Chemistry Primer series.

Table of Contents

    1 Planet Earth
    1.1:Planetary resources
    1.2:Differential pressure on land, freshwater and oceans
    1.3:Effects of CO2 increases
    1.4:Solar energy supply
    1.5:Solar radiation spectrum
    1.6:Absorption of the energy emission from Earth
    1.7:Radiative Forcing
    1.8:Atmospheric lifetime
    1.9:Global Warming Potential
    1.10:The energy balance
    1.11:A sustainable approach
    1.12:Questions
    Palette of the Elements
    2.1:Natural abundance of the elements
    2.2:Mineral availability
    2.3:Element Transmutation
    2.4:Element supply
    2.5:Elemental Properties
    2.6:Element extraction: solubility
    2.7:Oxidation State Stability
    2.8:Terms and States
    2.9:Embodied energy, carbon and water
    2.10:Questions
    Earth: Minerals to Materials
    3.1:s elements
    3.2:p-elements
    3.3:d-elements
    3.4:f -elements
    3.5:Structural Materials
    3.6:Questions
    Air
    4.1:The volatile elements
    4.2:Atmospheric components
    4.3:Atmospheric solution: wind turbines
    4.4:Question
    Fire
    5.1:Petrochemicals from carbon oxides
    5.2:Polymers
    5.3:Chemicals from biomass alternatives
    5.4:Solar energy conversion
    5.5:Nuclear energy conversion
    5.6:Hydrogen as a fuel
    5.7:Batteries and supercapacitors
    5.8:Questions
    Water
    6.1:Properties of water
    6.2:Distribution of water
    6.3:Distribution of elements in water
    6.4:Water in processing
    6.5:Desalination of water
    6.6:Seawater as a source of elements
    6.7:Water remediation from heavy metals and organics
    6.8:Other organic contaminants of water
    6.9:Questions
    Prospects for Planet Earth
    7.1:Chapter 1: Planet Earth
    7.2:Chapters 2 and 3: Palette of the Elements and Earth
    7.3:Chapter 4: Air
    7.4:Chapter 5: Fire
    7.5:Chapter 6: Water
    7.6:Questions
    Study Guide
    Overview
    Chapter 1: Planet Earth
    Chapter 2: Palette of the Elements
    Chapter 3: Earth
    Chapter 4: Air
    Chapter 5: Fire
    Chapter 6: Water
    Chapter 7: Prospects