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When MnO2 acts as a catalyst to speed up the decomposition of H2O2 what does it actually do? [duplicate]

Everywhere I look it just states that $\ce{MnO2}$ acts as a catalyst but I have yet to find a simple explanation for what it actually does. What is the mechanism involved in simple terms?
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What does *oxidizing* have to do with *hydrogen*? [closed]

An oxidizing acid is a Brønsted acid that is a strong oxidizing agent. All Brønsted acids can act as oxidizing agents, because the acidic proton can be reduced to hydrogen gas. (source: Wikipedia) ...
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Molecular structure of iodine nonoxide

A question in an exam was as follows: Iodine reacts with ozone gas to form a dark yellow solid $\ce{X}.$ Let the number of lone pair of electrons in un-ionised form of $\ce{X}$ be $m,$ number of lone ...
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Why and how is rust forming on moon?

note: @Mithron's proposed duplicate Why can't rust form without water? does not have anything about the conditions on the Moon, so no, it's not a duplicate. Several popular news articles mention ...
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Reaction (or lack thereof) between oxygen and halogen gas

I understand that oxygen and halogens are both very electronegative elements and it would makes sense that they don't want to associate with each other at all. However, I know that oxides of halogens (...
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Why is phosphorous pentoxide a dehydrating agent?

$$\ce{HNO3 + P2O5 -> 2HPO3 + N2O5}$$ In this reaction, both nitrogen and phosphorus have the same oxidation number before and after the product is formed. Since the $+5$ oxidation of nitrogen is ...
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Reaction of Silicon Dioxide with Hydrofluoric Acid [duplicate]

I learnt that $\ce{SiO2}$(Silicon dioxide) doesn't react with any acid except $\ce{HF}$. So what is special about $\ce{HF}$? Why does only $\ce{HF}$ reacts with $\ce{SiO2}$ even though $\ce{HF}$ has a ...
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Liquid storage of transition metal oxides?

Transition metal oxides (TMOs) have a lot of interesting properties, from ferroelectricity to battery applications. Often times you can change the properties with only slight changes of oxygen ...
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Silver “polish” with aluminum foil left a hard yellow coat [closed]

I cleaned my silver teapot with the aluminum foil-baking soda-hot water method. Usually this works well on my silver plated flatware. However, this time it left a hard yellowish coating. I was only ...
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Iron and copper oxide for thermite

I recently successfully made thermite from iron oxide powder and aluminum powder. However, I have a couple of questions about copper and iron oxides. The kind of iron oxide that is made by ...
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Effect of magnetization on oxidation (rusting) of iron

Can magenetizing a piece of iron bar slow-down (or speed-up) the oxidation (rusting) process? In other words have any influence on it ? From what I've looked up( wikipedia, quora), it appears that the ...
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Why does 'softening' of lead oxidise only elements other than lead?

In a flowchart describing the steps to refine lead obtained after the reduction step, my book1 gives a short note on the process 'Softening of lead' where the crude lead is melted in the presence of ...
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The dissociation of hydrogen on UO2 and PuO2 surfaces: Homolytic or heterolytic?

I have seen that $\ce{H2}$ can dissociate on a metal-oxide surface by two methods: Heterolytically, forming a proton-$\ce{O}$ bond ($\ce{OH}$ group) and a hydride-metal bond ($\ce{M-H}$) on a metal-...
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Why does the oxides that form change down the alkali metals? [duplicate]

Why does Li2O primarily form when Li has reacted with O2 but the Na2O2 forms for sodium? Moreover, the primary product for the other alkali metals are superoxides instead of oxides and peroxides. How ...
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Why is Aluminium oxide amphoteric?

I was reading my book, in which it mentioned that aluminium and gallium oxides are amphoteric and and indium and thalium oxide are basic in their properties. But no explanation was given. My main ...