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Pure Appl. Chem., 2007, Vol. 79, No. 8, pp. 1403-1417

Life, data, and everything

Marco A. Satyro

Virtual Materials Group, Inc., The Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology, 830 Campus Place NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada

Abstract: The use of thermodynamics for the solution of chemical and process engineering problems is determined by a blend of science, engineering, art, and grit. Although chemical engineering thermodynamics benefits from an ever-increasing body of basic scientific knowledge, the solution of real problems still depends very much on the knowledge of individuals, their creativity, and their determination to recommend solutions. The essence of success is determined by a combination of two apparently simple components-physical property data and how they are used.