Creighton process

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The Creighton process involves the hydrogenation of a 6 carbon chain alcohol.[1][2] The reactant is 2,3,4,5,6-pentahydroxyhexanal (an aldehyde) and the product is 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexanehexol (an alcohol). The product thus has two more hydrogen atoms than the reactant: -CHO is replaced by -CH2OH.

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The Creighton process was patented in the 1920s.[3]


  1. ^ H. I. Creighton, Trans. Electrochem. Soc. 75, 301 (1939)
  2. ^ Chemistry of The Carbohydrates. Elsevier. 2012. p. 238. ISBN 9780323142656. 
  3. ^ US Patents 1712951 and 1712952