What is catalyst severity?

A catalyst is something which speeds up

a chemical reaction without itself being

one of the reactants or products (in other words,

without being consumed).

Magnesium sulfate is probably a good catalyst for

some reactions, not for others. What reaction are

you interested in?

Best, Prof. Topper


A catalyst is a substance that accelerates a chemical reaction without

being changed by the reaction. Different substances catalyze different

reactions. For example, platinum catalyzes the burning of hydrogen in air,

acid catalyzes the decomposition of starch into glucose, and iron catalyzes

the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen.

I do not know of any reaction that is catalyzed by magnesium sulfate, so I

don't know why it might be a good catalyst.

by Robert john at the aveland high school 11ad head of science teacher s.dancey

26th September 2008