Date of Award

Summer 1960

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kittsley, Scott L.

Second Advisor

Haymaker, C. R.

Third Advisor

Hoffman, Norman E.


Aldehydes when treated with palladium-on-charcoal catalyst at about 160 -170 degrees c undergo catalytic decarbonylation, that is, lose elements of carbon monoxide. The reaction had not been investigated in great detail. A few recent studies, however, have proved catalytic decarbonylation to be one of the most interesting chemical reactions and offer many a challenging problem worthy of further investigation. The author attempted to study the kinetics of decarbonylation. A representative aldehyde, namely, cinnamaldehyde was catalytically decarbonylated to elucidate the kinetic order of the reaction. An attempt was also made to evaluate the best catalyst for decarbonylation by establishing a relationship between palladium content of the catalyst and reaction velocity.



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