Kalliat T. Valsaraj is the Charles and Hilda Roddey distinguished professor and the Ike East professor in chemical engineering in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Elizabeth M. Melvin is currently an adjunct professor in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
A comprehensive yet accessible textbook on chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, critical for scientists and engineers to properly understand and model environmental processes. -Pierre Herckes, Arizona State University, USA This book is definitely required for scientists and engineers to analyze, quantify and solve environmental problems; as well as for students studying how to understand problems in environments of water, air and soil. The responsibility of scientists and engineers is to solve practical environmental problems scientifically. This book provides useful and practical strategies based on thermodynamics and chemical kinetics for solving environmental problems. -Yoshinori Kawase, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan I had been following Professor Valsaraj's book Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics since its first edition which came out in 1995.... I have gone through each revision since.... The 4th edition includes a new co-author, Dr. Melvin, which definitely adds an additional perspective and enhances the quality of the book. The book is very well written and presents the material in an easy to follow format. Though the subject material is hard by its very nature, the authors present it in a way that makes it easier to follow. This book is very well suited for students pursuing chemical and environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees. -Raghava Kommalapati, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, USA This Fourth Edition of Principles of Environmental Thermodynamics and Kinetics deserves a place on the bookshelf of students, faculty, scientists and engineers dedicated to designing and creating an environment free from the adverse effects of chemicals. -Don Mackay, Trent University, Ontario, Canada The book is targeted at providing fundamental understanding of equilibrium thermodynamics and chemical kinetics for students and practitioners of environmental engi