Saturday, November 03, 2012



  • A process is mainly employed to reduce or saturate organic compounds which involves the chemical reaction between molecular hydrogen and another element, usually in the presence of a catalyst.
  • Hydrogenation has three components, the unsaturated substrate, the hydrogen or hydrogen source and  invariably  a catalyst.
  • In food industry, hydrogenation is completely to saturate the unsaturate fatty acids in vegetable oils to convert them into semi-solid fats.
  • Hydrogenation also tends to be a highly exothermic reaction, resulting in demanding temperature control requirements.

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