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Hydrocracking of Neopentane and Neohexane over Evaporated Metal Films

Naturevolume 187pages937938 (1960) | Download Citation



FOR the cracking of ethane in the presence of hydrogen over iron1 and over nickel2, it has been supposed that the molecule is adsorbed at adjacent carbon atoms (1–2 diadsorbed) prior to cracking. However, since work in this laboratory on the hydrocracking of higher hydrocarbons has given results which cannot readily be explained by 1–2 diadsorbed intermediates, the behaviour of neopentane and neohexane was investigated in order to establish the possibility of alternative mechanisms. In the case of the former, 1–2 diadsorption is impossible while in the latter it must be limited to the ethyl group attached to the quaternary carbon atom.

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