define hydrogenation?

Asked by  | 2nd Jun, 2008, 08:21: PM

Expert Answer:

Hydrogenation is a reductive chemical reaction which result in an addition of hydrogen (H 2 ) usually to saturate organic compounds . The process constitutes the addition of hydrogen atoms to the double bonds of a molecule through the use of a catalyst .Hydrogen also adds to triple bonds  if they are present. Typical substrates include alkenes, alkynes, ketones, nitriles, and imines.

Answered by  | 17th Jun, 2008, 04:31: PM

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