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Recommendation of a textbook for a basic understanding of chemical engineering [closed]

I am an electrical engineering student looking for a good reference in Chemistry. Particularly, I am looking for books that are geared towards majors not related to chemistry, which means just a ...
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Definition of throughput

I wonder what's the exact meaning of throughput in chemistry synthesis, eg. in organic synthesis or production of pharmaceutical products. For instance, what are their units? How are they measured? I'...
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Why am I getting higher conversion values of isopropanol dehydration over a zeolite catalyst then n-propanol dehydration?

The two process are run separetly but under the same condition, same activation of the catalyst, same reaction temperature, same flow. The initial conversion of n-propanol is ~50% and isopropanol ~70%....
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Recycle unreacted ethene

The question is this: You want to make oxirane from ethene and oxygen gas: $$\ce{2 C2H4 + O2 -> 2 C2H4O}$$ The flow into the reactor is constant at $\pu{200kmol/h}$ of $\ce{C2H4}$ and $\pu{...
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Measurement of Energy Density

I'd like to ask how researchers measure/calculate the energy density for chemical fuels? Do they just measure the enthalpy change of combustion (△H combustion) in a calorimeter and then divide it by ...
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molecular orbital theory explaining molecular orbitals [closed]

i am a high school student,,and i am confused in molecular orbital theory,,,my confusion is that how bonding and non bonding orbitals are formed at the same time my teacher taught me that the two wave ...
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Studying chemical engineering [closed]

My question is pretty simple. Does studying chemical engineering require memorizing manufacturing processes and other complex chemical mechanisms, or does it rely more on the practical side of things ...
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Is silicon dioxide decomposition possible?

I was thinking about this, I made Gibbs free energy calculations and I can't figure out if $$\ce{SiO2(s) -> Si(s) + O2(g)}$$ is actually possible, even at a ridiculous high temperature.
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From diagram, assuming that the reaction is 40% complete in the vessel: a. The weight of the methanol added per day b. The amount of Hl recycled

Here is my solution on the problem and the diagram below is the actual given of the problem. I hope you could help me correct it.
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Why are high pressures used in cracking of long-chain hydrocarbons?

If we have a long-chain hydrocarbon, such as decane, and we split it through thermal cracking (say in an industrial plant), we use high temperatures, and high pressures. Cracking produces smaller ...
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Using the electrical potential created by the electron transport chain to power electrical systems

My friend and I were discussing the extremely low energy density of modern batteries and read that food has a much higher energy density. Thus, we were considering the possibility of using biological ...
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VOC conversion question

I'm trying to find out if a particular paint is considered low VOC. The only piece of data I have available is that the VOC content is $\pu{10 \mu mol / m^3}$. What does that equal in $\pu{g/L}$ of ...
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Two-Phase Pressure Drops in Screen-Plate Bubble Column

I am reading the paper A Correlation of Two-Phase Pressure Drops in Screen-Plate Bubble Column The goal of the paper is to come up with a regression model for a correction factor (denoted $K$) for a ...
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Can triethylene glycol be used to remove polypropylene from the die during the glycol bath process?

We use the glycol bath die cleaning process in order to clean our die which are used to extrude materials from PBT and PET. Can triethylene glycol be used in order to clean a die containing ...
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X-ray bombardment of CaCl2 and its resultant chemical changes

If one were to take $\pu{1 mol}$ of pure liquid Calcium Chloride (at $\pu{600 ^\circ C}$) and bombard it with $\pu{7.65 \times 10^{14} Ci}$ ($\pu{2.83 \times 10^25 particles}$) of x-rays ($\pu{75 keV}$...
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What is the difference between ideal stages and transfer units in a packed bed gas absorber?

I am having a hard time grasping what these two concepts are supposed to mean and how they differ. What I know so far is: In a counter-current gas absorber, if we set the inlet and outlet ...
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Is it possible to create an arbitrary, stable, unique chemical fingerprint? [closed]

Context: I want to be able to hash real-world objects Is it possible to create a substance containing a combination of elements (or isotopes?) in a random and difficult to reproduce (but simple to ...
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Is it possible to make micelles to pick up Microplastics from water?

I'd like to know if I could get micelles to pick up microplastics in water. I read that microplastics are sometimes charged, so can we make the lyophobic end to pick up microplastics, so that they can ...
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How to charge titanium dioxide particles for a DIY e-paper capsule? [closed]

I'm trying to make a single e-paper capsule (1 cm × 1 cm) at home. At first, I tried to charge the $\ce{TiO2}$ particles by putting them in $\ce{H2O}$ with $\ce{NaOH}$ and then putting that whole ...
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Chloride Process TiO2 recovery

In the chloride process (the process used to create titanium oxide from titanium ore), how is TiO2 collected? What prevents the TiO2 from building up on the walls of the reactor chamber? It's my ...
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Reaction between chlorine gas and oxygen at 600 degrees Centigrade

Chlorine gas will not normally react with oxygen gas directly at STP. However, would the two react at standard pressure and 600 degrees Centigrade?
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Numerical simulation and calculations of pH

a. Reaction of $\ce{CO2}$ addition in water is as follows: $\ce{CO2}$ + $\ce{H2O}$ $\ce{->}$ $\ce{H2CO3}$ b. Then, pH of $\ce{H2CO3}$ solution is increased to 12 by addition of 1M $\ce{NaOH}$. ...
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Purifying Potassium-40

What method is commonly used for separating out potassium-40 from natural potassium with a purity grade around 95% or more? How much would one kilogram of potassium-40 cost if this method is used?
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Impact of pH? Change in Binding Affinity of protein-ligand complex based on pH and Kd?

When the $\mathrm{pH}$ was $5.0$, the temperature was $\pu{25 °C}$,the $K_\mathrm{D}$ was $\pu{5 μM}$, and [L] was equal to $K_D$, the protein(s) were half bound. Question considers half bound ...
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What are glues/adhesives for cardboard boxes/crates made of?

Open cardboard boxes/crates, often for foodstuffs, are often glued to hold their shape. What is the glue/adhesive made of? I ask to know if it is biodegradable, such that it is suitable for ...
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Why will A atoms diffuse from β phase to α phase and B atoms from α phase to β phase?

At the initial compositions 1 and 2 of $α$ and $β$ respectively the chemical potentials of A and B atoms in each phase can be found by extrapolation of the tangents to the free energy curves at 1 and ...
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Why do we use Ḡ (“G bar”) as a notation for partial molar free energy?

For partial molar entropy there is a bar that is positioned above the $G$ with a subscript I that is sometimes added to the $G~(\bar{G}).$ The bar I read sometimes denote the "partial nature of the $G$...
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What would be a stable way to hold lithium hydride powder?

I currently have 100 grams of lithium hydride powder that needs to be held in a solid form. Initially, I was considering using cement, however, the moisture require converts the lithium hydride to ...
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Does this reaction require catalyst/solvent?

Planning on synthesising 2-formylphenyl benzoate by reacting benzoyl chloride with salicylaldehyde. Since both Benzoyl chloride and salicylaldehyde is liquid, will it require a catalyst/ solvent? Or ...
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How can hydrogen and oxygen coexist in high temperature? Where did the oxygen come from?

A gasification worked with the combustion of bio pallets with production of syn gases. Pure oxygen and $\ce{H2O}$ were fed into the combustion reactor to combust the pallets with no opening of any syn ...
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Can a reactor be operated at both reflux and above atmospheric pressure?

I'm not a chemist by trade so my experience in the lab has probably not been as in-depth as most of you. I've been tasked with investigating a proposed reaction in which an organic mixture (mostly ...
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Correct Generalization for Adair Equation?

I know how to derive the Adair Equation for n binding sites the long way, writing n+1 mini equations and linking them to relate all sub $K_b$ values to $K_{b-intrinsic}$. Tried to find a general ...
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Chemical Equilibria - Fraction Bound equation based on Kd, [R], [L], [RL], is actually an average?

Let's say 150 stem cells express exactly 150 copies of the same mebrane antigen X. While all differentiated cells express exactly 15 copies of X. To the cell mixture you add a large amount of 0.2 μM ...
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Thermodynamics - Series Reaction - Estimating mols of reactants based on Free Energy of Rxn

Question Three reactions occur simulteneously (assume ideal) at $\pu{T = 0^\circ C}$. $$\ce{A<=>B<=>C<=>D}$$ a) With $\Delta_r G^\circ_\text{AB} = \pu{400 J/mol}$, $\...
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How does cullet reduce the production temperature in glass production?

In my book, I read that broken glass pieces are reused in the production of glass, known to be cullet. This on one hand saves the production cost and also reduces the production temperature. My ...
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Simple alternative to UNIFAC to prove that a mixture containing 1ml of x and 5 litres of propylene glycol is not flammable?

Section 2.6.1 of the REGULATION (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP) defines a flammable liquid as: Flammable liquid means a liquid having a flash point of not more than $60 ^{\circ}$C. So data on flash ...
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Equation for overall heat transfer coefficient

The heat flow (in $[\pu{J/s}]$) through the wall of a tube of length $L$ and inner radius $R_0$ is $$Q = (2πR_0L)U(T_{1\infty} - T_{2\infty}),$$ where $T_{1\infty}$ is the bulk temperature in the ...
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Is there a chemical reaction between tungsten carbide and acrylic?

My company machines acrylic (Poly(methyl methacrylate) $\ce{(C5O2H8)_n}$), and notices that tungsten carbide tools break down quickly compared to high-speed steel, even though carbide is harder and ...
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What are introductory level books on chemical engineering?

I'm currently enrolled in a chemical engineering course in my college, and in my first year, I'd like to get a nice introductory book on that field of study. I'd prefer that the book covers several ...
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Reference conditions for balances on nonreactive processes

In one of the examples in my book (Elementary Priniciples of Chemical Processes) where I am asked to calculate the rate of heat input required to heat a stream of methane and air from 20°C to 300°C, ...
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Flow rate of the fuel consisting of ethanol and water burning in air of a given flow rate

I hope that someone could give me some hints or tips on how to approach this question, even though these types of questions are usually closed off as homework. A burner is run by a fuel mixture of $\...
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Heat of formation method

For enthalpy calculations why is it that in some cases the "heat of formation method" is used? I know that $ΔH_f$ represents the heat required to form the compound at standard temperature and pressure ...
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How do you figure out fuel specific impulse non-experimentally?

Simple question, probably very complicated answer: Without building a test engine/rocket and finding out experimentally, that is to say, based on chemical characteristics alone, how can one compute ...
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Selective etchant for Al2O3 (Does not etch Al, Cu, Zn, Sn)

I'm looking for a wet-etchant to remove aluminum oxide created by anodizing, but not etch the unoxidized metal (with greater than 10:1 selectivity) I know about chromium(IV) oxide and fluorine-based ...
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What are standard controllers for automatic pH control?

My background in control theory comes from electrical engineering (robots, motors, etc.) and I want to build a control system for automatic pH control. Can I directly apply my knowledge from ...
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A chamber to control concentration of a vapor: Is there a name for this equipment?

Mechanical engineer here so please excuse me if my question seems dumb to you! I want to have a chamber $(\approx 40 \times 30 \times \pu{30 cm})$ to control concentration $(\pu{ppm})$ of a flammable ...
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Double surface in the pressure temperature concentration curve for a binary mixture

In the 3 dimensional diagram given, when a constant pressure plane intersects with the double surface, it produces a looped curve without a maxima or minima. What is the double surface and how is the ...
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Dependence of mass transfer coefficient on solubility

Does solubility of the solute affect the value of the mass transfer coefficient? The book I am following mentions that the mass transfer coefficient is a characteristic of the constituent and its ...
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Do theoretical plates required to obtain a pure product decrease under vacuum distillation?

For this question I am using Ethanol as an example. The following is the vapor-liquid equilibrium diagram for Ethanol under atmospheric pressures. Under reduced pressures do the number of theoretical ...
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Can diamond be grown on copper wires using chemical vapor deposition techniques?

I am asking this as a follow-up to another question I asked earlier. It is regarding how to make higher voltage transformers. Diamond is a good dielectric material and would be good for using as a ...