Meaning of Raney nickel in English:

Raney nickel

Pronunciation /ˈreɪni/


mass noun Trademark ; Chemistry
  • A form of nickel catalyst with a high surface area, used in organic hydrogenation reactions.

    ‘Among the metal catalysts useful for this reaction in the laboratory are finely divided nickel (called Raney nickel after the chemist who developed it in 1927), platinum, palladium, and rhodium.’
    • ‘Raney nickel alloys have been used for years to produce active electrocatalysts for various reactions.’


1930s named after Murray Raney (1885–1966), American engineer.