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Raney nickel

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Pronunciation: /ˈreɪni
 
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Definition of Raney nickel in English:

noun

[mass noun] 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.

Origin

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

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