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Volume 33, Issue 2


Heat Capacities: Liquids, Solutions and Vapours

Published Online: 2011-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci.2011.33.2.26b

Heat Capacities: Liquids, Solutions and Vapours

Emmerich Wilhelm and Trevor M. Letcher and (editors)

RSC Publishing, 2010

ISBN (print) 978-0-85404-176-3

ISBN (online) 978-1-84755-979-1


Many of the most significant developments in physical chemistry and chemical engineering during the last century have been influenced by chemical thermodynamics. The increase in articles containing experimental data on thermodynamic properties and on phase equilibria, as well as on new experimental techniques and advances in theory and computer simulation, demonstrates the unabated growth of this field. Most noteworthy is the accelerating trend in biophysical chemistry toward achieving a broader, quantitative thermodynamic basis for the physicochemical phenomena involved in biological processes. Heat capacity is one of the most important thermodynamic/

thermophysical properties, playing a central role in the pure sciences as well as in chemical engineering and industrial applications.

This monograph, which contains 22 articles, is a natural complement to the general coverage of the field in Experimental Thermodynamics, vols. 1–7 (1968–2003). The outcome of an IUPAC project, it has its origins in committee meetings of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT). In true IUPAC fashion, the authors, including some of the most important names in their respective fields, hail from countries around the world, including Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In a monograph of this kind, the timeliness of the topic and the coverage and critical evaluation of pertinent publications are of paramount importance. This book meets both requirements: it highlights the underlying theory and some of the most important experimental techniques—modeling and computer simulation—as well as significant and new results related to heat capacity. The authors have endeavored to cover the relevant literature up to about 2008.

One of the objectives of this book is to bring together research from disparate disciplines that have a bearing on heat capacities. Connections between the different chapters of this book, the editors believe, could lead to new ways of solving problems and of looking at both new and old issues related to heat capacity. Underlying this philosophy is the inherent belief that a book is still an important vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge. This book is intended for researchers in chemical thermodynamics, whether in academia or in applied chemical engineering.


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Citation Information: Chemistry International -- Newsmagazine for IUPAC, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 26–26, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci.2011.33.2.26b.

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