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Tanning Chemistry: The Science of Leather: Edition 2 Authors: Anthony D Covington, William R Wise


About this book

This book offers a state-of-the-art view of leather making, based on the scientific principles underpinning the technology. In particular, it contributes to the understanding of the modern leather industry, allowing practitioners to make judgements about day-to-day problems in the tannery and how change can be applied in a predictable way. Major themes running through the book are the economics and environmental impact of leather making and how these will ensure the sustainability of the industry.

This second edition of Tony Covington’s Tanning Chemistry is a revision, update and extension in collaboration with a new co-author, Will Wise. The update reflects the advances made in the past decade, including a discussion of the impact of new information concerning the chemistry of sulfide. The original chapters have been re-organised and new chapters on novel modes of reagent delivery and the principles of finishing are now included. Enzymology is addressed as a separate topic, as are environmental impact and the future of leather.

The book will be useful to all those involved in the supply chain, from farm, through students, chemical suppliers and tanners, to leather goods brands. Leather science is the key to understanding leather technology, to make it work, to make it work better and to keep it ahead of the competition.

Book content

  • Collagen and Skin Structure
  • Skin and its Components
  • Curing and Preservation of Hides and Skins
  • Soaking
  • Unhairing
  • Liming
  • Deliming
  • Bating
  • Pickling
  • Tanning
  • Mineral Tanning: Chromium(III)
  • Mineral Tanning
  • Vegetable Tanning
  • Other Tannages
  • Post Tanning
  • Dyeing
  • Fatliquoring
  • Enzymology
  • Reagent Delivery
  • Drying
  • Finishing
  • Environmental Impact
  • Theory of Tanning: The Concept of Link-Lock
  • The Future of Tanning Chemistry
  • The Future for Leather

The print version of this book is planned for release on 07 November 2019. Information about this book is subject to change without notice.

Pre-order paperback £56.99 *
* Exclusive of taxes
This book contains 550 pages.

Publication details

Copyright year: 2020
Print ISBN: 978-1-78801-204-1
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78801-907-1