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Catalysis

  • Andreas Hofmann
Chapter

Abstract

Catalysts accelerate reactions but do not undergo a net chemical change themselves. The process of catalysis is achieved by lowering the activation energy of a reaction, and providing an alternative path to circumvent the slow, rate-determining step of the non-catalysed reaction (see Fig. 7.1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Hofmann
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  1. 1.Eskitis InstituteGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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