Academic journal article Science Scope

Chemical Engineering and Chain Reactions

Academic journal article Science Scope

Chemical Engineering and Chain Reactions

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By Robert Snedden. $9.95. 32 pp. Crabtree New York. 2014. ISBN: 9780778712305.

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This book introduces chemical engineering in a way that will engage students--by explaining how chemical engineers transform raw materials into things students encounter every day, such as soap and cell phones. The book describes chemical reactions discovered in a lab that are then used to solve real-world problems, such as using ammonia gas for fertilizer. Readers learn about a professor who believes that the process of making fertilizer is "the most important scientific discovery." Why? Because without it, approximately three billion people would not be alive, as not enough food could be produced to feed them.

Or think about cell phones, MP3 players, and tablet computers. Without power, these portable electronics are useless. The book describes how a research team created a battery using lithium. Lithium is flammable, so the challenge was to make a safe lithium battery.

The chapters cover topics including the material world, engineering pioneers, states of matter, chemical reactions, testing times, and future trends. …

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