Date of Award

6-1944

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

The polagraphic method should be able to determine the presence of hydrogen bonds in ortho-hydroxy benzaldehyde in carefully buffered water solutions. The wave-height for the reduction of ortho-hydroxy benzaldehyde in acid solution is about one-half the height in basic solution. This would seem to indicate that the intermediate reduction product is formed by the reduction of ortho-hydroxy benzaldehyde in acid medium. This intermediate is stabilized by the presence of a hydrogen bond, so that further reduction to the hydroxy benzyl alcohol is not possible at the dropping mercury electrode.

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