Textbook of Engineering Chemistry

Textbook of Engineering Chemistry

Authors : D Venkappayya, S Nagarajan & R Gopalan

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About the Author

D Venkappayya :- D Venkappayya is a PhD from IIT-Madras. He is a former Dean and Head, Department of Chemistry, NIT, Tiruchirapalli. He has been teaching engineering chemistry since 1975 and has guided several doctoral candidates and published about 60 research papers in international journals. He is presently Head, Department of Chemistry, and Dean of Examinations, SASTRA University, Thanjavur.

S Nagarajan :- Sulochana Nagarajan is a PhD from the University of Madras, and has more than 35 years of teaching and research experience. She is actively involved in guiding research students, and has published several research articles in international journals. She is presently working at NIT, Tiruchirapalli.

R Gopalan :- R Gopalan is a PhD from the University of Madras. He taught at Madras Christian College for 35 years and guided several MPhil and PhD students. Currently, the Director, Sri Malolan College of Arts and Science, Madurantagam, Tamil Nadu, he is a freelance writer and teacher. He has authored 50 research articles and 30 books. He was awarded UGC Emeritus Fellowship on his retirement.

About the Book

Due to its simple language, straightforward approach to explaining concepts, and the right kind of examples, this book has established itself as student's companion in almost all leading universities in India. With its authentic text and a large number of questions taken from various university examinations, coupled with regular revisions, the book has served well for more than 20 years now.
In the attempt to keep the book aligned with various syllabuses and to reach out to students of more and more universities, more details have been included for the fourth edition, which has been completely recast and reformatted.
The book is meant for the first year engineering degree courses of Indian universities.


1. Thermodynamics, 2. Phase Equilibria, 3. Ions in Solution, 4. Electrochemistry, 5. Batteries and Fuel Cells, 6. Corrosion, 7. Surface Coatings, 8. Metallurgy, 9. Alloys, 10. Cements, 11. Refractories, 12. Abrasives, 13. Lubricants, 14. Fuels and Combustion, 15. Explosives and Rocket Fuels, 16. Polymers and Plastics, 17. Environmental Pollution, 18. Water Treatment, 19. Engineering Properties of Solids, 20. New Engineering Materials, 21. Chemical Kinetics, 22. Photochemistry, 23. Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, 24. Spectroscopy • Appendix: Table A-1: Physical Constants, Table A-2: Atomic Weights of Elements, Table A-3: Periodic Table of Elements

Key Features

• Numerous solved problems
• Large number of questions from various universities for exhaustive practice
• Boxes featuring important and popular aspects of the topic

New in this Edition

• Completely recast and reformatted text
• New topics like: Cooling curves for one- and two-component eutectics; Electrode polarization and overvoltage; Decomposition potential; Solar cells; Pitting corrosion; Metallurgy and medicine; Reverse osmosis; Bioengineering.