Definition of Raney nickel in English:

Raney nickel


mass nounChemistry
  • A form of nickel catalyst with a high surface area, used in organic hydrogenation reactions.

    • ‘Among the metal catalysts useful for this reaction in the laboratory are finely divided nickel (called Raney nickel after the chemist who developed it in 1927), platinum, palladium, and rhodium.’
    • ‘Raney nickel alloys have been used for years to produce active electrocatalysts for various reactions.’


1930s: named after Murray Raney (1885–1966), American engineer.


Raney nickel