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Production, Handling and Characterization of Particulate Materials

  • Henk G. Merkus
  • Gabriel M.H. Meesters

Part of the Particle Technology Series book series (POTS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Henk G. Merkus
    Pages 1-29
  3. Pieter Vonk
    Pages 31-71
  4. Ger J. M. Koper, Roman Latsuzbaia
    Pages 73-106
  5. Heather Emady, Karen Hapgood, Rachel Smith
    Pages 107-136
  6. Sajid Alavi, R. P. Kingsly Ambrose
    Pages 137-155
  7. Mohsen Yahyaei, Marko Hilden, Fengnian Shi, Lian X. Liu, Grant Ballantyne, Sam Palaniandy
    Pages 157-199
  8. Tevfik Gemci, Norman Chigier
    Pages 201-256
  9. Karin Schroën, Claire C. Berton-Carabin
    Pages 257-289
  10. Ralf Weinekötter
    Pages 291-326
  11. Steve Tarleton, Richard Wakeman
    Pages 327-387
  12. Henk G. Merkus
    Pages 389-405
  13. Henk G. Merkus
    Pages 407-423
  14. Dietmar Schulze
    Pages 425-478
  15. George E. Klinzing
    Pages 479-513
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 547-548

About this book


This edited volume presents most techniques and methods that have been developed by material scientists, chemists, chemical engineers and physicists for the commercial production of particulate materials, ranging from the millimeter to the nanometer scale. 
The scope includes the physical and chemical background, experimental optimization of equipment and procedures, as well as an outlook on future methods. The books addresses  issues of industrial importance such as specifications, control parameter(s), control strategy, process models, energy consumption and discusses the various techniques in relation to potential applications.
In addition to the production processes, all major unit operations and characterization methods are described in this book. It differs from other books which are devoted to a single technique or a single material. Contributors to this book are acknowledged experts in their field.
The aim of the book is to facilitate comparison of the different unit operations leading to optimum equipment choices for the production, handling and storage of particulate materials. An advantage of this approach is that unit operations that are common in one field of application are made accessible to other fields.
The overall focus is on industrial application and the book includes some concrete examples. The book is an essential resource for students or researchers who work in collaboration with manufacturing industries or who are planning to make the switch from academia to industry.


Commercial Particle-based Materials Commercial Production of Nanoparticles Industrial Processing of Powders Particle separation Particles and Nanoparticles

Editors and affiliations

  • Henk G. Merkus
    • 1
  • Gabriel M.H. Meesters
    • 2
  1. 1.Emeritus Professor, Chemical Engineering DepartmentDelft University of TechnologyPijnackerThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DSM Food Specialties & Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

About the editors

Dr. Henk G. Merkus has been working at Delft University of Technology for about 35 years, the last 20 years of it in Particle Characterization in the Particle Technology Group. Since over 15 years he has been a member of ISO/TC24 on Sieving and Other Methods for Particle Size Measurement. Although retired, he continues to be active in giving courses on this subject, in the Netherlands as well as in Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Merkus is the editor and author of two other Springer books: "Particulate Products" (2014) and “Particle Size Measurements” (2009).

Dr. Gabriel M.H. Meesters is affiliated to DSM Food Specialities and Delft University of Technology Delft. He has 10 patents filed and 5 issued to his name.

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