tiresome task

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Offline padfoot89

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tiresome task
« on: 07/01/2006 18:07:53 »
how do chemists find out about the reaction conditions????
do they try out every catalyst,every temperature it must have been a tiresome task....for example in Rosenmunds reaction palladium with barium sulphate is the catalyst,BASO4 poisons the catalyst hence it works,now how did they find that out by accident????????

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Re: tiresome task
« Reply #1 on: 10/01/2006 16:54:08 »
most things are found out by "accident" most of the time there looking for something else and just bump into it. Butt I think the answer to your question is simply research, when a reaction occurs you can start finding the optimum conditions for that reaction.