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The Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum


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Part I History, Occurrence, and Recovery
History and Terminology
Origin and Occurrence
Reservoirs and Reservoir Fluids
Exploration, Recovery, and Transportation
Recovery of Heavy Oil and Tar Sand Bitumen

Part II Composition and Properties
Chemical Composition
Fractional Composition
Petroleum Analysis
Structural Group Analysis
Asphaltene Constituents
Structure of Petroleum
Instability and Incompatibility

Part III Refining
Introduction to Refining Processes
Refining Chemistry
Thermal Cracking
Catalytic Cracking
Solvent Processes
Hydrotreating and Desulfurization
Hydrogen Production
Product Improvement and Treating
Gas Processing
Petroleum Products

Part IV Environmental Issues
Refinery Wastes
Environmental Aspects of Refining
Environmental Analysis

Conversion Factors

About the Author

James G. Speight earned a BSc and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England. Since 1998, he has been employed at CD&W Inc. as a consultant/author/lecturer on energy and environmental issues. Dr. Speight has more than 40 years of experience in areas associated with the properties and recovery of reservoir fluids. His work has also focused on the environmental effects and remediation technologies related to fossil fuel and synthetic fuel processing. Dr. Speight is the author of more than 400 publications, reports, and presentations and has taught more than 70 courses. He is the author and coauthor of more than 50 books and bibliographies related to fossil fuels, synthetic fuels, biofuels, fuel processing, and environmental issues. He is also the recipient of several awards.


"... Offers a 21st century perspective on the development of petroleum refining technologies. This volume traces the science of petroleum from its subterranean formation to physicochemical properties and the production of numerous products and petrochemical intermediates. Presenting nearly 50 percent new material, this edition emphasizes novel refining approaches that optimize efficiency and throughput. It includes new chapters on heavy oil and tar sand bitumen recovery; deasphalting and dewaxing processes, and environmental aspects of refining, including refinery wastes, regulations and analysis. This text also features revised and expanded coverage of instability and incompatibility, refinery distillation, thermal cracking, hydrotreating and desulfurization, hydrocracking, as well as hydrogen production."
- In Anticancer Research, Vol. 27, No. 3B, May/June 2007

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