Reduction of Mesityl Oxide

Jaime Wisniak, Mordechay Herskowltz, Drora Roffe, Saul Smllovltz

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Mesityl oxide has been hydrogenated in the liquid phase to methyl isobutyl ketone and methyl isobutyl carbinol with palladium, ruthenium, and Raney nickel catalysts under conditions of chemical control. Under all conditions the reaction was highly selective, with the olefin bond being first hydrogenated. Energies of activation were calculated for the different catalysts. The rate-controlling step involved the surface reaction between chemisorbed hydrogen and adsorbed or unadsorbed reactant, depending on the temperature level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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