Date of Award

Summer 1960

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Hoffman, Norman E.

Second Advisor

Kittsley, Scott

Third Advisor

Haymaker, C. R.


The catalytic decarbonylation of aldehydes is a reaction which offers interesting applications to the fields of both practical and theoretical chemistry. A literature survey shows that a relatively small number of researchers have been concerned with the investigation of this reaction. It was originally thought that catalytic decarbonylation would be successful only with alpha-beta unsaturated aldehydes. However, preliminary investigations indicated that the original supposition was not valid and that the reaction was applicable to aldehydes of a more general nature. The problem then possessed a deal nature: the determination of the types of aldehydes capable of decarbonylation and the determination of the effectiveness of the reaction in all cases where decarbonylation was observed.