Catalyzed and Uncatalyzed Reactions
Date: February 2007
What is the difference between a catalyzed and an
Catalyzed means there is some "other" chemical or surface around
which happens to provide a short-cut for the reaction,
so it can happen faster or at lower temperature.
Uncatalyzed is doing it the hard way,
so it usually requires higher temperatures to get going well enough.
Sometimes those temperatures are enough higher
that the chemicals break down
(have undesired reactions and produce the "wrong" products).
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