Adkins catalyst

What is Adkins catalyst?

Adkins catalysts are a class of metal complexes that are prepared using elements such as chromium, copper, nickel, platinum, and others.

These catalysts were developed by Homer Adkins and have been widely applied to various organic reactions, including hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, and decarboxylation.

Hydrogenation reactions that can be catalyzed by Adkins catalysts include the conversion of esters to alcohols, the hydrogenation of amides to amines, and others.

Similarly, Adkins catalysts can also catalyze dehydrogenation reactions such as the conversion of alcohols to carbonyl compounds, dehydrogenation of aromatic compounds, and several other reactions. Adkins also provided protocols for the preparation of these catalysts.

Adkins catalyst
Reduction reaction with hydrogen and Adkins catalyst

References

H. Adkins, Reactions of Hydrogen with Organic Compounds over Chromium Oxide and Nickel Catalysts, p12 (Madison, Wisconsin, 1937)
ISBN: 9780598988492

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