Catalytic Functions

What the Catalyst Does
  • James T. Richardson
Part of the Fundamental and Applied Catalysis book series (FACA)


This chapter deals with what a catalyst does and what it can be expected to do or not do. We start the discussion with a definition: A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate at which a chemical reaction approaches equilibrium without itself becoming permanently involved in the reaction.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • James T. Richardson
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  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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