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Raney nickel Syllabification: Ra·ney nick·el
Pronunciation: /ˈrāni ˌnik(ə)l/

Definition of Raney nickel in English:


Chemistry , trademark
A form of nickel catalyst with a high surface area, used in organic hydrogenation reactions.
Example sentences
  • Among the metal catalysts useful for this reaction in the laboratory are finely divided nickel (called Raney nickel after the chemist who developed it in 1927), platinum, palladium, and rhodium.
  • Raney nickel alloys have been used for years to produce active electrocatalysts for various reactions.


1930s: named after Murray Raney (1885–1966), US engineer.

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