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Famous for its history of numerous element discoverers, Sweden is the origin of this comprehensive encyclopedia of the elements. It provides both an important database for professionals as well as detailed reading ranging from historical facts, discoverers' portraits, colour plates of mineral types, natural occurrences, and industrial figures to winning and refining processes, biological roles and applications in modern chemistry, engineering and industry. Elemental data is presented in fact tables which include numerous physical and thermodynamic properties, isotope lists, radiation absorption characteristics, NMR parameters, and others. Further pertinent data is supplied in additional tables throughout the text. Published in Swedish in three volumes from 1998 to 2000, the contents have been revised and expanded by the author for this English edition.
Per Enghag graduated from the Swedish School of Mining and Metallurgy in Filipstad and from Stockholm University, Sweden. He got his Doctor's degree in chemistry in Uppsala in 1973 and was appointed associate professor (docent) in Materials Chemistry in 1986. During the 1960s he was director for the School of Mining and Metallurgy and lectured in physical and applied chemistry. Before and after that period, he worked in R&D at the Swedish Institute for Metal Research, at the Axel Johnson Institute for Industrial Research, and in industry. From 1980 on, he has run his own company, Materialteknik (Applied Materials Technology). From that position he has worked with research planning and education in Sweden and abroad, also for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). At the new University in ebro, he contributed by building up a Materials Technology Laboratory.