Chemical engineering thermodynamics

Sandler 4th edition
American chemical engineer Stanley Sandler's 2006 fourth edition Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, a staple chemical engineering thermodynamics book. [5]
In thermodynamics, chemical engineering thermodynamics is the study of thermodynamics with focus on topics and applications unique to the profession of chemical engineering, such as fluid mixtures, solution thermodynamics, chemical reaction equilibrium, phase equilibria, vapor-liquid equilibrium, adsorption, and osmotic equilibria. [1]


The subject of chemical engineering thermodynamics seems to have arisin in the 1920s. [4] Pioneers in this field include American chemical engineers Hendrick Van Ness and Stanley Sandler. Van Ness’ textbook Introduction to Chemical Engineering, now in its seventh edition, having sold over a half-million copies, originated from 1945 lecture notes of Joe Mauk Smith at Purdue University, who was asked to develop a course for chemical engineering undergraduates to replace a general thermodynamics course given by the mechanical engineering department. [2]

Sandler’s very-popular 2006 fourth edition textbook Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, originally published in 1977 as Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics, was the book used by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims during his first indoctrination into the science of thermodynamics, in the mid 1990s, particularly the 1989 second edition. [3]

The following timeline, shows the growth of chemical engineering thermodynamics publications from that of the earlier chemical thermodynamics publications in the curriculum of chemical engineers which uses more rigorous mathematics than that learned by the general chemist:

Author [s]

1944Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Barnett Dodge
1949 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Joe Smith (later editions with Hendrick Van Ness and Michael Abbott)
1949 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Frank Fowler
1956 Principles of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Ernest Wilson and Harold Ries
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: the Study of Energy, Entropy, and Equilibrium
Richard Balzhiser, Michael Samuels, and John Eliassen
1977Chemical and Engineering ThermodynamicsStanley Sandler
1985Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Thomas Daubert
1996 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: an Introduction to Thermodynamics for undergraduate Engineering Students Jack Winnick
1997Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Y.V.C. Rao
1999 Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Richard Elliott and Carl Lira
2000 A Unified Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: the Laws of Thermodynamics, Material and Energy Balances, Chemical Thermodynamics, Phase and Chemical Equilibrium Edward Thompson

See also
Engineering thermodynamics

1. Smith, J.M. Van Ness, H.C., and Abbott, M.M. (2005). Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc.
2. Van Ness, Hendrick C. (2001). “Evolution of a Textbook: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
3. Sandler, Stanley, I. (1989). Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
4. Peppas, Nikolas, A. (1989). One Hundred Years of Chemical Engineering (thermodynamics, pgs. 9-11, etc). American Chemical Society.
5.Sandler, Stanley I. (2006). Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics (fourth edition). Wiley.

Further reading
● Dodge, Barnett F. (1944). Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. McGraw-Hill.
● Gilmont, Roger. (1959). Thermodynamic Principles for Chemical Engineers. Prentice-Hall.
● Balzhiser, Richard, E., Samuels, Michael R., and Eliassen, John, D. (1972). Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics - the Study of Energy, Entropy, and Equilibrium. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
● Fogler, Scott H. (1992). Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
● Elliott, J.R. and Lira, Carl T. (1999). Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (abstract). Prentice Hall PTR.

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