Catalyst

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Catalyst

An event that directly or indirectly causes another event. For example, a positive earnings report may be a catalyst for a stock to rise in price. Likewise, conservative financial management may be a catalyst for long-term sustainability.
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Dabco T-9, T-12 and 120 tin-based catalysts useful in various foam systems.
Hara's team set out to make a catalyst that could be more easily separated from the fuel.
The demand for reaction initiators (chemical catalysts such as organic peroxides and amines) will register below-average gains through 2009.
Within the catalyst this causes a more intensive mass transfer between the edge stream that has already been cleaned by the catalyst and the core stream which has a richer pollutant content.
The researchers report in the July 31 Nature that as the reaction progressed in a test tube, the tungsten catalyst remained suspended in the mixture as an oily liquid.
The use of these molecules as reactive catalysts was first explored in the 1950s.
The catalyst is also asymmetric, says Wan: It facilitates the making of either a left-handed or a right-handed version of a specific molecule.
DMP (N,N-dimethylpiperazinc) general-purpose catalyst for flexible and semi-flexible polyether foam.
Catalysts do not actively participate in chemical reactions; instead they offer a temporary docking site for one or more specific compounds.