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This tag is appropriate for reactions, their mechanisms, their kinetics, when catalysts of any kind are involved.

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Yes, one expects both forwards and backward reactions to speed up as you suggest; there seems to be no reason why microscopic reversibility would be suspended. The point of the catalyst will be to sp …
answered Sep 11 '16 by porphyrin
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A reaction could proceed by many different pathways, for example an extreme way would be splitting the reactants into atoms and combining them to form products, but this is essentially impossible, the …
answered Sep 4 '16 by porphyrin
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The point missing so far in the answers is that a catalyst causes the reaction to occur by a different mechanism than it would normally take. (This is why its actually very hard to find good catalysts …
answered Jul 9 '16 by porphyrin
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You should look up enthalpy of formation and enthalpy of reaction in your textbook. Also have a look at (Gibbs) Free energy change on reaction. This will tell you if the reaction is going to be spont …
answered Aug 19 '16 by porphyrin
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In a catalysed reaction the activation barrier is not lowered but the catalyst causes the reaction to proceed by a different route which occurs more rapidly. Thus there is a third party a 'chaperone …
answered Apr 8 '17 by porphyrin
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(1) There are several web sites giving details of this reaction and so this need not be copied out here. (2,3) Rather than describe a complex reaction scheme it is easier to understand a generic auto …
answered Jan 11 '18 by porphyrin