Catalysis of 1,2-Dichlorioethane by Magnesium Oxide

Rubber is a material that we have used for generations in every part of our lives. It is formed using many different techniques. This experiment was carried out to synthesize rubber from 1, 2-dichloroethane with and without the use of a magnesium catalyst. Then, the samples= mass, volume, density and other physical characteristics were compared. The data suggests there was no significant difference between the two methods. However, the qualitative results show that the magnesium trials were harder and lighter in color. In conclusion we found that the use of a magnesium catalyst was only helpful in increasing the yield and speed of the vulcanization process, and producing rubber with different qualities, but not necessarily better qualities.

Research Done By:

Shawn Miloian

Kris Stanley
Warren Mott