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In the 1980’s sonochemistry was considered to be a rather restricted branch of chemistry mainly involving the ways in which ultrasound could improve synthetic procedures, predominantly in heterogeneous systems and particularly for organometallic reactions. This volume traces the evolution of sonochemistry from a century ago when the effects of acoustic cavitation were first reported almost as a scientific curiosity, through the 1980’s to the present. It describes the ways in which scientific interest grew rapidly during the 1990’s with the formation of the European Society of Sonochemistry in 1990 and the launch of a new journal Ultrasonics Sonochemistry in 1994.
It also includes two chapters relating to the evolution of the subject as seen through the particular experiences of the authors Tim Mason and Mircea Vinatoru, both pioneers of sonochemistry. One chapter is devoted to the ultrasonically assisted extraction (UAE) of chemicals from plant material. This also illustrates the different ways in which sonochemical technologies can be applied in both batch and flow systems leading to the development of large-scale processing. The other chapter relating to environmental protection shows the wide range of applications of sonochemistry in this important field for both biological and chemical decontamination.
Gives an overview of the historical development of ultrasound utilization in chemistry.
Professor Mason (“the father of sonochemistry”) obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry, Southampton University (UK) 1970. He then was working as research fellow for the NATO in Massachusetts (USA) and at the York University in York (UK). Before he has been appointed as professor he was working as lecturer at different universities in the UK. Prof. Mason published over 300 articles, 60 chapters and 15 books. He is chairman of the RSC Sonochemistry Group, Editor in Chief (and co-founder) of "Ultrasonics - Sonochemistry" (Elsevier) and director of the Sonochemistry Centre at the Coventry University (UK).
Dr. Mircea Vinatoru obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1996 at the Universitatea „Politehnica” din București (Bucharest, Romania). Before becoming a lecturer at the Coventry University in Coventry (UK) he was employed as research and development director at ReEnergy LLC. From April 2016 he is working as a researcher at the Sonochemistry Centre at the Coventry University (UK). He published over 50 articels and chapters.
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