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Reaction Kinetics

Second Edition

Michael J. Pilling and Paul W. Seakins

Publication Date - January 1996

ISBN: 9780198555278

320 pages


Reaction kinetics is central to the study of chemistry. Kinetic studies can provide both an insight into the detailed molecular mechanisms of elementary reactions and practical information which can be used to unravel complex chemical problems such as the formation of the ozone hole. This modern, accessible text begins with an introduction to the importance and relevance of chemical kinetics, and then describes and explains the experimental and theoretical studies of elementary reactions. The applications of kinetics to complex phenomena such as chain reactions and photochemistry are then described, emphasizing how these systems are built up of individual elementary reactions. Examples from the fields of chain reactions, atmospheric chemistry, explosions, oscillating reactions, and photochemistry are then explored in greater detail. Worked examples and problems throughout the text allow students to obtain a detailed understanding of the field. Boxed inserts explain advanced topics more clearly.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 1975


"Best kinetics book I have ever seen in years. It is modern, rigorous and interesting."--Sidney Toby, Rutgers University--Piscataway

"This book will fill a real need for students of kinetics, be they formally enrolled in a course or just interested in how measurements, mathematics, and dynamics come together in experimental design; they will be able to access this material through its thorough development. The book replaces other kinetics works because it truly covers modern kinetics logically, carefully, mathematically and succinctly. -- Choice

Table of Contents

    Why study reaction kinetics?
    1. Time, concentration, and temperature
    2. Experimental techniques
    3. An introduction to theories of bimolecular reactions
    4. Reaction dynamics
    5. Unimolecular and association reactions
    6. Reactions in solution
    7. Surface reactions
    8. Complex reactions
    9. Straight chain reactions
    10. Explosions and branched chain reactions
    11. Negative feedback and oscillatory behaviour
    12. Photochemistry
    Appendix I: Fundamental constant
    Appendix II: Units of energy
    Appendix III: Conversion factors from pressure to concentration units and for various rate coefficients
    Appendix IV: Absorption coefficients

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