Intermediates vs. Catalysts

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Intermediates vs. Catalysts

Postby Uisa_Manumaleuna_3E » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:29 pm

From what I heard in lecture intermediates have to be produced in the reaction and then used up. Whereas, catalysts are needed for the reaction to get started and then are somehow regenerated later in the reaction?

Can someone verify that this is accurate for me? I don't want to go onto the next topic without making sure I have catalysis straight.

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Re: Intermediates vs. Catalysts

Postby Myra Kurani 1L » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:58 pm

Yes you are correct. Intermediates are produced in the first reaction and then are reactants in the second reaction. However, catalysts are reactants in the first reaction and then products in the second reaction. They speed up the reaction, but are not consumed by the reaction.

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