Thermal Processing of Hydrocarbons: Petroleum to Petrochemicals

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This book is a must-read for the latest generation of scientists, engineers, and researchers in the petroleum industry. The product of over four decades of research, experience, and study by Dr. Dwijen Banerjee, who carefully preserves the history of the thermal processing of hydrocarbons, giving credit to the pioneering scientists and discoverers of the process. In this first-of-its-kind book, the author summarizes and systematically leads readers through all aspects of the thermal cracking processes from the research laboratory to the commercial applications of the petrochemical industry. Fossil fuels consist of a continuous series of hydrocarbons mainly divided into natural gas (C1-C4), conventional crude oil (C5-C40), heavy oil/bitumen (>C40). This book discusses thermal processing of hydrocarbons — with a special emphasis on lighter hydrocarbons — whose main source is shale gas and tight oil that’s recently been made abundant through fracking technology. This book details many technical parameters involved in choosing a process when considering the type of feedstocks; operating conditions; selectivity of the desired product; the market to be targeted; and the environmental regulations to be met while also considering the economic parameters such as the investment and profit margin that govern the final choice. 

Features & Benefits

  • An introduction to the basic chemistry behind thermal processing, classifications, molecular structures, kinetics and thermodynamics, free radical reaction mechanisms, and product distributions.
  • A focus on shale gas and tight oil production, properties, and processing as important sources of petrochemicals.
  • Emphasis on the ‘petroleum to petrochemicals’ which has recently transformed the petroleum industry across the globe.
  • An illustration of conversion technologies — how the paraffinic hydrocarbons are converted into various petrochemicals and eventually lead to the finished products.
  • Insight into the future of hydrocarbons based on environmental issues.


  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Researchers
  • Students

About the Author

Dr. Dwijen Banerjee is an international hydrocarbon consultant, currently advising on various aspects of the newly developed “tight oil and gas,” with opportunities for the conversion of the abundant hydrocarbons into an almost unlimited range of petrochemicals. He has worked extensively over forty years of his professional career in the area of “conversion of heavy hydrocarbons into lighter clean fuel” with especial emphasis on the “nano-slurry” hydrocracking technology development. He has a strong proven record of innovation credentials with fifteen U.S. patents and an additional eleven Canadian patents (inventor/co-inventor). He is the solo author of the book Oil Sands, Heavy Oil, and Bitumen – from Recovery to Refinery, from the same publisher. In his previous job at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he has co- supervised about a dozen Ph.D. and M.S. candidates in chemical engineering. Dr. Banerjee has also been an invited speaker/consultant at various international organizations, such as: (i) Keynote speaker at the RefComm 2019, Galveston, Texas, (ii) World Heavy Oil Congress, New Orleans and Calgary, (iii) R&D of LukOil, Russia, (iv) R&D of SK Energy, South Korea, (v) Mexican Petroleum Institute, Mexico, (vi) Intevep, PDVSA, Venezuela, and (vii) Hokkaido Energy Research Institute, Sapporo, Japan. He holds advanced degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a second doctorate degree in petroleum engineering (downstream refining) from the Institute of Petroleum and Gas, Romania.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Pages: 190
Published: January 2020
ISBN: 9781593702656

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    Posted by Gary Kieffer on 10th Mar 2021

    Great book - well written in plain language - As a retired electrical engineer I found the book very easy to understand.

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