A catalyst is a species that is present at the beginning of a reaction and reappears at the end. It does not appear in the final equation. An intermediate is not present at the beginning. It forms during the reaction and disappears before the end. We see that Cl is present at the beginning of Step 1.
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Smog in New York City. Courtesy of Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr. Gasoline-powered vehicles emit a lot of harmful materials. Nitrogen oxides are formed when atmospheric nitrogen reacts with oxygen at the high temperatures found in a car engine.
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Catalysts are not consumed in the catalyzed reaction hence they are unchanged after the reaction. Often only very small amounts of catalyst are required. Illustrative is the disproportionation of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen :. This reaction proceeds because the reaction products are more stable than the starting material. The uncatalysed reaction is slow.
Even though chemical compounds are broken up and new compounds are formed during a chemical reaction, atoms in the reactants do not disappear, nor do new atoms appear to form the products. In chemical reactions, atoms are never created or destroyed. The same atoms that were present in the reactants are present in the products—they are merely reorganized into different arrangements.