What is Hydrogenation?

Hydrogenation is widely used in organic chemistry, typically for the conversion of unsaturated compounds to their saturated derivatives, with unsaturation defined as the presence of double or triple bonds within the molecule. In simple terms, hydrogenation is the addition of a hydrogen molecule across a multiple bond between two atoms. Typically, these reactions require the use of a precious metal (palladium or platinum are common) catalyst for the process to run under moderate conditions. Catalysts can be either heterogeneous (insoluble) or homogeneous (soluble) depending on the nature of the process. Catalyst selection plays an important part of the process development because the catalyst will affect the conditions, selectivity, productivity, and yield of the process.

Among the most common industrially performed hydrogenation reactions are vegetable oils to produce unsaturated fats, alkenes and aromatics to alkanes and cycloalkanes, and reduction of nitrile or nitro groups to amines.

Hydrogenation with CABB

CABB is passionate about providing excellent, reproduceable results to ensure the demanding levels of batch-to-batch consistency that our customers expect from their own manufacturing operations. Our flexible unit operations employ the latest hydrogenation techniques to produce custom fine chemicals for a broad range of applications.

If you have any questions about our hydrogenation techniques or the catalysts that we typically employ for such reactions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.