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J Hazard Mater. 2005 Nov 11;126(1-3):149-57. Epub 2005 Aug 8.

Catalytic hydrogenation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons over palladium/gamma-Al2O3 under mild conditions.

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  • 1Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QuĂ©., Canada H9X 3V9.


As a prelude to the optimization of a continuous decontamination system, catalytic hydrogenations of selected tri-, tetra- and penta-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds over commercial alumina supported palladium were investigated under mild conditions ( approximately 90 degrees C/0.42 MPa H2) and interpreted in the light of reports from the literature. Acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, anthracene, phenanthrene, chrysene and benzo[alpha]pyrene were hydrogenated, virtually completely, to saturated polycyclic hydrocarbon compounds with no appreciable evidence of carbon-carbon bond rearrangement during equilibration. With comparable operating conditions, triphenylene was only partially hydrogenated; the central ring remained unsaturated. The effects of reaction temperature, time of equilibration and supporting gases on hydrogenation were evaluated. Whereas near-critical CO2 had no perceptible influence on rate/course of the reaction, nitrogen decreased the reaction rate somewhat.

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