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Unformatted text preview: factor than more frequent collisions). • Increasing the surface area of solids reactants: This increases the number of particles that can collide, i.e., increases the frequency of successful collisions. • Catalysts: Lower the activation energy of reaction by providing an alternate pathway and thus increase the rate of reaction. Catalysts are specific to reactions and are used in industry. o Homogeneous catalysis: Where the catalyst is in the same phase as the reactants, e.g., esterification reaction to produce sweet smelling compounds for perfumes, and in the food industry. o Heterogeneous catalysis: Where the catalyst and reactants are in different phases e.g., in the manufacture of ammonia, sulfuric acid, hydrogenation of alkenes etc. o A catalyst does not change the position of equilibrium; rather it increases the rate of both the forward and reverse reactions t...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2010 for the course CS 001 taught by Professor Jix during the Spring '10 term at Riverside Community College.

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