Studying the Structural Chemistry of Coal
AUTHOR: Robert Davidson
DATE: April 2004
The literature on the structural chemical analysis of coal since 1980 is reviewed although limited to an account of the highlights. A detailed, critical, review is not attempted. The topics covered include: molecular weight; aromacitity; aromatic ring structures; aliphatic structures; functional groups and heteroatoms; sturctural changes with rank; the ‘mobile phase’; macromolecular structures and structural models. Progress in each of these topics is assessed.