Hydrogenation of Alkynes to Alkanes using Pd/C
Description: Palladium on carbon (Pd/C) catalyzes the addition of hydrogen to C–C multiple bonds. For alkynes, this reaction will occur twice to give alkanes.
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Note: For hydrogenation of alkenes, the general trend of reactivity follows this pattern. Increasing substitution on the alkene leads to slower reaction, due to greater inaccessibility of the alkene to the surface of the Pd catalyst (steric hindrance, in other words). Thank you to Daniel in the comments for correcting an earlier error of mine .