Definition of Raney nickel in English:

Raney nickel

Pronunciation /ˈrāni ˌnik(ə)l/ /ˈreɪnɪ ˌnɪk(ə)l/

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.’

Origin

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