Molecular Thermodynamics for Chemical Process Design

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Science  24 Aug 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4408, pp. 759-766
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4408.759


Chemical process design requires quantitative information on the equilibrium properties of a variety of fluid mixtures. Since the experimental effort needed to provide this information is often prohibitive in cost and time, chemical engineers must utilize rational estimation techniques based on limited experimental data. The basis for such techniques is molecular thermodynamics, a synthesis of classical and statistical thermodynamics, molecular physics, and physical chemistry.