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Catalytic Hydrogenation

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  • A catalytic hydrogenation, or catalytic reduction, is a reduction of an organic compound using molecular hydrogen as the reducing agent and a transition metal as the catalyst. Most catalytic hydrogenations are addition reactions.
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    There are many transition metals used as catalysts in catalytic hydrogenation.  The most common ones are Pt, Pd, and Ni.

    see also heat of hydrogenation