One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of nickel catalyst with a high surface area, used in organic hydrogenation reactions.
- ‘Raney nickel alloys have been used for years to produce active electrocatalysts for various 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.’
1930s: named after Murray Raney (1885–1966), American engineer.
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