Intermediates and Catalysts in a reaction mechanism


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Chu 3J
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Intermediates and Catalysts in a reaction mechanism

Postby Chu 3J » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:13 pm

How do you know if a molecule in a proposed reaction mechanism is an intermediate or a catalyst?

Sanjita Gowda 3C
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Re: Intermediates and Catalysts in a reaction mechanism

Postby Sanjita Gowda 3C » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:29 pm

An intermediate first appears as a product and is then consumed as a reactant in the subsequent step. A catalyst first appears as a reactant and is then released as a product in the subsequent step. Both intermediates and catalysts do not appear in the overall rate law equation.

Example of an Intermediate of N202:
Step 1: NO + NO -->N2O2

Step 2: N2O2 --> NO + NO

Example of a Catalyst of Fe2+:

Step 1: H2O2 + Fe2+ → H2O + Fe3+

Step 2: H2O2 + Fe3+ + 2H+ → H2O + O2 + Fe2+ + 2H+


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