Nanostructural Study of
Raney-Type Nickel Catalysts

By Francois Devred
September 2004
Delft University Press
ISBN: 9040725039
142 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$59.50 Paper Original


This is a Ph.D. dissertation. The main advantage of Raney-type catalysts is that they do not require a reduction step prior to use as do conventional catalysts. The activation process determines the structure and properties of Raney-type nickel catalysts, but the structure and composition of the starting alloy also play in the literature concerning the microstructural changes of the solid phase leading to the final catalyst.

Thus, even though it has been invented as long ago as 1925 by Murray Raney, the characterization of Raney-type nickel catalysts and the relation between its structural properties and catalytic performance are still of interest in research.

Contents include: General Introduction, Instrumentation, Genesis of the Active Phase in Raney-type nickel catalysts, On the Transformation of Ni-Al into Raney-type nickel catalysts, Raney-type Nickel Catalysts: Promoted Systems, Melt Spinning: an Alternative Route to Prepare Ni-Al alloy for Raney-type Nickel Catalysts, Preparation of Raney-type Nickel Catalysts for TEM: the Ultramicrotomy Technique, Summary.

Materials Science

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