Eduard-Job-Foundation for Thermo- and Matterdynamics

Georg Job, Regina Rüffler

Physical Chemistry from a Different Angle

Book: Physical Chemistry

Introducing Chemical Equilibrium, Kinetics and Electrochemistry by Numerous Experiments

published by Springer in January 2016
ISBN-13: 978-3319156651
641 pages, 1076 illustrations, more than 100 demonstration experiments
also available in electronic form

Easy understandable introduction to physical chemistry with numerous demonstration experiments


The book discusses the principles of matter dynamics in three parts

  • Basic concepts and chemical equilibria (chemical thermodynamics)
  • Progression of transformations of substances in time (kinetics)
  • Interaction of chemical phenomena and electric fields (electrochemistry)

and gives at the same time an overview of important branches of physical chemistry. The reader is introduced directly in a conceptually and mathematically basic way to the central quantities and equations necessary for the description of transformations of substances such as chemical reactions or phase transitions. Because students often regard physical chemistry as very abstract and remote from day-to-day life, theoretical considerations are linked to everyday experience and more than hundred carefully selected demonstration experiments. Detailed descriptions of a selection of experiments (partly with corresponding video clips) can be found on our web site.

  • Target audience
    Students at highschools, colleges and universities in courses where physical chemistry is required in support as well as in a first course in physical chemistry.
  • Review
    “Strengths of the work are its focus on entropy and chemical potential; the promotion of an intuitive, insightful internalization of concepts; and a strong emphasis on experiments illustrating concepts through sketches and videos … . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (A. Viste, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), p. 1497)
  • Customer review (of the German edition)
    “Physical Chemistry for the 21st Century. The book presented is the most revolutionary textbook published in the last decades in the field of physical chemistry. ... I was very impressed by the innovative concept as well as the writing style of the book. The numerous experiments illustrated with pictures are also very nice and helpful. They make the text more lively and disprove the widely held opinion that physical chemistry is a very abstract field. ...”

Purchase: Springer (here you will also find further information) as well as in the relevant book trade.