In The Essential Chemical Industry - Online, there are 76 units which describe key ‘aspects of the chemical industry in a concise way.  They are designed so that you can ‘dip in’ to them to retrieve the information you need.

Although the units are self-contained, you will find that throughout this web site there are cross-references to material in other units, which is easily obtained by the designated hyperlinks.  There is also a facility which allows you to search the whole site.  These two approaches will help you to follow up related topics and to explore more widely.

There is an overview of the chemical industry which looks at the industry in an international context.  The other 75 units are presented in five thematic groups:

  1. Industrial processes
  2. Materials and applications
  3. Basic chemicals
  4. Polymers
  5. Metals

In this section, there are units on some of the most important metals and their important alloys.
The extraction and the subsequent processing of metals are  based on chemical principles and so their inclusion on this site is important.  Further, the metals and alloys produced, as well as being essential for all our lives, are also used in many industrial chemical processes.

Each of the metals is described in the same way, in three main sections which guides you instantly to relevant information:

  • Uses
  • Annual production quantities
  • Manufacture

The following units can be found in this section:

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