Uses for a catalyst?
To make a reaction faster. It basically just speeds up chemical reactions.
Is their a relation between uses of the transition metal as a catalyst and the properties of transition metals?
Platinum and rhodium are commonly used jointly in catalytic converters. A platinum-rhodium catalyst is a reduction catalyst, which is the first stage of the catalytic converter. It uses platinum and rhodium to help reduce the nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2, together called NOx) emissions. When an NO or NO2 molecule contacts the catalyst, the catalyst rips the nitrogen atom out of the molecule and holds on to it, freeing the oxygen in the form of…
When reactants are binding to the surface of the catalyst, it is important that the catalyst is strong enough to allow a reaction to take place, however having a strong catalyst could mean that the products could permenantly bind to the catalyst, which is a problem. So if the catalyst is too strong, the catalyst isnt very sucessful, and if it is too weak, it also isn't sucesful.