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Petrochemicals in Nontechnical Language, 4th Edition

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by Donald L. Burdick and William L. Leffler

Authors Don Burdick and Bill Leffler have completely rewritten this time-honored bestseller, now the definitive book for understanding the mysteries of the petrochemical industry. With chapters on all the base chemicals and derivatives, plus seven new ones covering the Fischer-Tropsch process, polyurethane, epoxy resins and more, this is broadest available look inside the industry. Still offering readers easy-to-understand diagrams, charts and tables, plus digestible chapter reviews -- this classic delivers the information that every person in the industry needs.


  • What you need to know about organic chemistry
  • Processes and equipment
  • Benzene
  • Toluene and xylene
  • Olefin plants, ethylene, and propylene
  • Cyclohexane
  • The C4 hydrocarbon family
  • Cumene and phenol
  • Ethylbenzene and styrene
  • Ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride and epichlorohydrin
  • Ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol
  • Propylene oxide and propylene glycol
  • Ethanolamines and polyols
  • Methanol and synthesis gas
  • Fischer-Tropsche process
  • Lots of other alcohols
  • MTBE
  • Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde
  • Ketones
  • Acids
  • Maleic
  • Acrylonitrile, acrylic acid, and acrylates
  • Aniline and phosgene
  • Bisphenol A
  • Alpha olefins
  • Making polymers
  • Thermoplastics
  • MDI and TDI
  • Polyurethane
  • Epoxy resins and polycarbonates
  • Fibers and other resins

401 Pages/Hardcover/March 2010
ISBN10 1-59370-216-7

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