Jiří Čejka, Russell E. Morris and Petr Nachtigall (Eds): Zeolites in Catalysis. Properties and Applications
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The stated aim of this book is “to provide students with an interest in zeolites an easy to access introduction to the important advances that have been made in the field over the last few years”, this book does that handsomely. The book will be of enormous interest to all scientists working in the micro- and meso-porous materials fields. It consists of 13 chapters each one by an authority in the particular field. It is written in an easy-to-read style and although each chapter is written by a different author they have all adopted a similar format. Chapter 1 introduces the field of zeolite science and is thorough and well illustrated in colour; the 199 references are all pertinent and allow the reader to explore this fascinating area of science in more detail. Chapter 2 reviews all aspects of zeolite structure and again is very well referenced and uses plenty of figures to help the reader follow what can be a complex topic. The next three chapters focus on different aspects of zeolite synthesis; all three chapters are again very well illustrated and referenced. I found the chapter on hierarchical zeolites especially interesting as I have had only limited knowledge of these. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 look at various characterisation techniques used, and include X-ray diffraction, solid state NMR, gas adsorption measurements, spectroscopic methods and electron microscopy. Again all these chapters are well illustrated and referenced. I did feel that the section on adsorption measurements (section 6.7.1) could have been expanded a little, and the titles to Figures 6.3 and 6.4, are reversed. The remainder of the book looks at various catalytic processes. Chapter 9 gives an overview of zeolites in industrial catalysis and emphasises the absolute importance of zeolites as key components in a variety of industrial processes. As with all this book, the chapter is well illustrated with figures, data tables and graphs. Chapter 10 examines the application of zeolites for the production of light olefins and BTX intermediates, with a lot of data presented in tables and graphs; the chapter also boasts 324 references, so plenty of further reading! Chapter 11 relates the use of zeolites for fine chemicals production; again there are some excellent illustrations here. Chapter 12 looks at biomass conversion over zeolite catalysts, an area also new to me, but it is very well explained and again good diagrams and illustrations help the reader follow the text with a further 136 reference for those interested to probe the subject further. The final chapter examines zeolite membranes in catalysis and yet again this does an excellent job. So, to summarise, this is an excellent book for both student and seasoned researcher alike.