Masters Theses


"An outstanding chemical engineer has stated that chemical kinetics is at present in a state similar to that of thermodynamics thirty years ago. The current situation with respect to thermodynamics and chemical engineering appears to be that a fair number of engineers understand the theory and appreciate the practical value of thermodynamics but are frequently handicapped in its use by a lack of data. This is especially true where data on material at extreme temperatures and pressures are required as in nuclear energy and jet propulsion development. The current situation with respect to chemical kinetics and chemical engineering is that the theory is in an unsatisfactory state and that experimental data is extremely scarce. Few reactions occur at a rate convenient to measure and the measurement of rapid reactions represents a formidable task.

Simplification and improvement of procedures and apparatus for measuring the rate of reactions would be a welcome contribution to chemical kinetics and is the concern of the first part of this thesis. The second part presents the results of an investigation of the catalytic decomposition of silver oxide.

The first phase of the problem entails the design and fabrication of a suitable apparatus to study both fast and slow reactions that involve gases. The term fast reaction is arbitrarily selected to mean those reactions which are essentially completed in from 10 milliseconds to 30 seconds. The term slow reaction will include those reactions which require at least 1 minute for completion"--Introduction, pages 1-2.


Cooley, Robert A.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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vii, 83 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 82).


© 1951 Hilbert Walter Crocker, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Chemical kinetics -- Instruments -- Design
Scientific apparatus and instruments -- Design
Silver oxide
Decomposition (Chemistry)

Thesis Number

T 965

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