Industry insights: What is Hydrogenation?

Summary: In this interview, Eric Dabe, Sales Director at Nel Hydrogen, talks to AZoM about hydrogenation, the products that are generated from it and the advantages it can provide... | 

Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction between molecular hydrogen and an element or compound, ordinarily in the presence of a catalyst.

The reaction may be one in which hydrogen simply adds to a double or triple bond connecting two atoms in the structure of the molecule or one in which the addition of hydrogen results in dissociation (breaking up) of the molecule (called hydrogenolysis, or destructive hydrogenation).

The catalysts most commonly used for hydrogenation reactions are the metals nickel, platinum and palladium and their oxides.

For high-pressure hydrogenations, copper chromite and nickel supported on kieselguhr (loose or porous diatomite) are extensively used.

Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction between molecular hydrogen and another compound or element.

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