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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 21 (2016) pp 40-42

SiliaCat Pd(0), a New Green Hydrogenation Catalyst for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Curtis Pelfrey, Susan Ensel and Kenneth O’Connor*,†

Department of Chemistry, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755,; Department of Chemistry and Physics, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD, 21701
Received September 2, 2015. Accepted September 30, 2015.

Published: 22 January 2016

Abstract. Green chemistry laboratory experiments for the hydrogenation of alkenes are very limited. Therefore, there is a need to develop labs that use green hydrogenation catalysts. This experiment uses SiliaCat Pd(0) which is an excellent hydrogenation catalyst and can be used to saturate a wide variety of alkenes and alkynes with experimental yields ranging from 60–95%.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic; laboratory; experiment; hydrogenation; catalyst; alkene; green

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