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Creating custom hydrocarbons from triglycerides

  1. Dec 4, 2008 #1
    I'm in a Biofuels program in North Carolina. I will be interning this summer for someone who is doing experimental work on creating custom hydrocarbons from triglycerides. It's actually a bit outside the realm on my program of study. He tells me that I should basic understanding of Thermodynamics. I am looking for suggestions on good books on the subject.

    I have taken math courses and am comfortable with calculus and differential equations, and have taken a course in mechanics. So i'm not uncomfortable with physics.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Will I need to study electrodynamics? Any books on hydrocarbon chemistry, or lipid chemistry that I should look into?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Dec 5, 2008 #2
    Re: Thermodynamics

    introductory thermodynamics,infelta
  4. Dec 9, 2008 #3
    Re: Thermodynamics

    Any first year general chemistry text should do if you want the basics.

    I just finished my thermo course using Levine "Physical Chemistry". A bit expensive. Its a deep book though, albeit somewhat verbose.
  5. Dec 23, 2008 #4


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    Re: Thermodynamics

    Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach


  6. Dec 24, 2008 #5

    Andy Resnick

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    Re: Thermodynamics

    I suspect you will need to become comfortable with the Gibbs Free energy, and related methods- calorimetry, for example. Donald Haynie's book "Biological Thermodynamics" isn't a bad place to start. For basic chemistry methodology, I recommend books from the "Instant Notes" series (BIOS scientific publishers). I have 'analytical chemistry' and it's very helpful.
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