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Catalysis - hypothetical question


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Put briefly: what effect would the use of a full molar equivalent of catalyst have on a reaction, broadly speaking?


One the great advantages of catalysis is that the catalyst only has to be used in a small amount. I'm intrigued as to what effect the use of a full equivalent would have on a reaction - particularly with regard to metal catalysts rather than acid/base or organic catalysts, which would presumably undergo more conventional reactivity at higher concentrations.

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more catalyst just means more active sites which allows more reactants to adsorb to the surface and undergo reaction at the same time.


this only really makes a difference in continuous processes. batch processes will be sped up by an ever decreasing amount(doubling the catalyst will not reduce reaction times by half)

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