Date of Defense




First Advisor

Thomas J. Houser


Supercritical extraction, fossil fuels, coal, benzyl amine compound, reaction sequences


Supercritical Fluid Extraction has been used for the removal of undesirable species found in natural products, such as nicotine and caffeine, and in the isolation of valuable food essences and drugs. It also has fossil fuel applications, such as enhanced oil recovery, fractionation of heavy petroleum liquids, and extraction of liquids form coal. Because very little information has been reported on the chemistry of the supercritical extraction of coal, compounds containing the chemical bonds representative of those found in coal have been used in this study. Because it was thought to be representative of some amine structures found in coal and of intermediates formed during the reactions of some heterocycles, benzyl amine was the compound initially studied. the reactions of intermediates formed from benzyl amine were then studied to gain a deeper understanding about reaction sequences.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only