Date of Award

Spring 1947

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The purpose of this investigation was to correlate the vast amount of data on the derivatives of aliphatic alcohols, and to prepare the beta naphthyl urethans of certain aliphatio alcohols. No previous correlation of the data used in the identification of alcohols has been adequate. Several factors need consideration. Primarily, the literature contains widely divergent melting point values for certain derivatives; these should be standardized. Second in importance is the unsuitability of certain derivatives because they do not distinguish alcohols of similar boiling points from one another. Finally, a discussion of the practical problems involved in the preparation of the derivatives would be helpful. In addition to those considerations given above a brief treatment of the theory behind the melting point phenomena is presented in this paper. It should be noted that all references in the tables contained in the text are to the main bibliography at the end of the paper. The experimental data is incomplete with respect to the normal alcohols up to and including n-decyl alcohol. This was due to the fact that it was impossible to obtain n-heptyl alcohol and n-nonyl alcohol.