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Book Review by Martin Chaplin

Aqueous systems at elevated temperatures and pressures:
Physical chemistry in water, steam and hydrothermal solutions

ed. D. A. Palmer, R. Fernández-Prini and A. H. Harvey (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2004)
ISBN 0-12-544461-3 ix + 753 pp, £119.95/$180 a


This volume has sprung from the wish of the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS) to bring together an overview of important aspects of the physical chemistry of high-temperature aqueous systems. With this pedigree, it is unsurprising that the editors have brought together some high quality and up-to-date chapters/reviews of broad interest and covering both background theory and applications. It is full of useful data and references. Starting with some overviews of sub- and near-critical water and molecular-level solution structure, these cover thermophysical properties (such as gas and solid solubility, phase behavior, thermodynamic properties of solutes, dissociation equilibria, and transport properties), critical phenomena, hydrothermal chemical reactions, and the steam power industry.


The level is advanced post-graduate, but the editors seem to have achieved a reasonably uniform and straightforward style that should facilitate cross-disciplinary acceptability amongst interested physical chemists, chemical engineers, geochemists, and others.



a Available in Europe, Middle East & Africa from Elsevier, Customer Service Department, Linacre House, Jordon Hill, Oxford OX2 8DP, UK and in the USA/Canada from Elsevier, Customer Service Department, 11830 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA [Back]

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