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Transfer Hydrogenation of Olive Oil Results: Experimental Data Values Starting weight of olive oil .448 g Starting weight of palladium on carbon .053 g Starting volume of cyclohexene 1.0 mL Final weight of recovered product .253 g Melting point of saturated fat (range) 39.4 – 43.1°C Limiting Reagent Calculations .448 gtriolein x 1 mol 885.43 gtriolein x 2 moltristearin 2 moltriolein x 891.45 gtristearin 1 moltristearin = .451 gtristearin 1.0 mLcyclohexene x .811 g 1.0 mL x 1 molcyclohexene 82.413 gcyclohexene x 2 mol tristearin 3 molcyclohexene x 891.45 g tristearin 1 molbenzene = 5.85 g tristearin Percent Yield .253 g .451 g x 100 = 56.1 Theoretical Yield .448 g .451 g x 100 = 99.3
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Discussion: In our experiment, we saw a relatively average percent recovery of 56.1% when hydrogenating the Triolein. We were then able to calculate Triolein to be the limiting reagent in the experiment based on the fact that it produced fewer moles of product as opposed to cyclohexene. From this information, we were able to determine that our experimental
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