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Mechanical catalysis; methods of enzymatic, homogeneous, and heterogeneous catalysis.


Mechanical catalysis; methods of enzymatic, homogeneous, and heterogeneous catalysis.

Swiegers, Gerhard F.

John Wiley & Sons


351 pages




This book examines the principles of mechanics as they apply to chemistry, and, more particularly, catalysis, unifying about 30 general theories of enzymatic catalysis into a conceptually coherent whole. The book focuses on unconventional time-dependent (mechanical) catalysis, rather than the more familiar energy-dependent (thermodynamic) catalysis. It describes the physical manifestations of both types of catalysis in heterogeneous and homogeneous systems, then details the fundamental processes of enzymatic catalysis, explains how it has evolved, and shows how it relates to catalysis in man-made systems. The book goes on to explain how to mimic the underlying principles of enzymatic catalysis in man-made systems, discussing the design requirements for such catalysts, the difficulties in duplicating the natural process, and approaches that may be used to overcome these challenges. A glossary is included. For chemists, biochemists, and chemical engineers, as well as students of complex systems science, and researchers in a variety of fields including evolution, economics, weather forecasting, and networking. Swiegers is a researcher and inventor.

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