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Catalyst Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Catalyst

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A catalyst permits a different energy pathway for a chemical reaction.

A catalyst permits a different energy pathway for a chemical reaction which has a lower activation energy. The catalyst is not consumed in the chemical reaction.

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Catalyst Definition: A catalyst is a subtance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction by reducing the activation energy, but which is left unchanged by the reaction.

Examples: A piece of platinum foil is a catalyst for the combustion of methane in air.

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