## Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

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Christineg1G
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### Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

How do you identify catalysts and intermediates in a reaction?

Alicia Lin 2F
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### Re: Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

Intermediates are formed as products in one elementary reaction and immediately used in the following elementary reaction. They can be cancelled out from 2 successive reactions. Catalysts are used for a reaction (kind of like a reactant) but are not consumed in the following reaction as a reactant.

Martina
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### Re: Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

Intermediates will first be formed as a product and then used up as a reactant while catalyst will first be used as a reactant and then show up a product.

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### Re: Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

A catalyst has to be there for a reaction to begin, whereas an intermediate is formed during one of the elementary steps and then used up in a later step.

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### Re: Identifying Catalysts and intermediates

It is important to note that when you look at the elementary reactions, you can see that the catalyst is consumed at the beginning and then regenerated as a product later in the experiment