Most chemical companies now devote new resources to the design and manufacture of specialty, high-value-added chemical products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and electronic coatings. The training of chemical engineers has remained static, however, emphasizing traditional commodities. This ground breaking text redresses the balance between commodities and higher-value-added products. It expands the scope of chemical engineering design to encompass both process design and product design. The authors use a four-step procedure for chemical product design--needs, ideas, selection, manufacture--drawing numerous examples from industry to illustrate the discussion. Chemical engineering students and beginning chemical engineers will find this text an inviting introduction to chemical product design.
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