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Hydrogenation of acetophenone over an Rh-B catalyst

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    The hydrogenation of acetophenone was investigated in methanol, in acetic acid, and in mixtures of these solvents over an Rh-B catalyst deposited on charcoal.

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    Both in methanol and in acetic acid the reaction is of zero order; reaction in acetic acid is three times as fast as in methanol.

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    The main reaction product in the hydrogenation of acetophenone in methanol is α-methylbenzyl alcohol. Among the products of the hydrogenation of acetophenone in acetic acid ethylbenzene and ethylcyclohexane are present, as well as α-methylbenzyl alcohol.

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    In the binary solvents increase in acetic acid concentration leads to increase in reaction rate; the relative amounts of the reaction products remain approximately constant. The maximum content of ethylcyclohexane in the catalyzate is observed in the hydrogenation of acetophenone in a 1 ∶ 1 mixture of acetic acid and methanol.

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Translated from Izvestiya Akademii Nauk SSR, Seriya Khimicheskaya, No. 5, pp. 904–908, May, 1964

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Taber, A.M., Barinov, N.S., Polkpvnikov, B.D. et al. Hydrogenation of acetophenone over an Rh-B catalyst. Russ Chem Bull 13, 844–848 (1964).

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  • Hydrogenation
  • Alcohol
  • Acetic
  • Methanol
  • Acetic Acid