Activity 1 - The Contact Process
Subtopic 6.1 - Collision theory and rates of reaction
NOS statement 3.1 - Scientists analyse data and look for patterns, trends and discrepancies
Time: 5 min
Task: One of the first industrial processes to use a catalyst was the Contact Process (making sulfuric acid). The image below shows leading global producers of sulfuric acid in 2000. What correlations might you suggest?
Extension: What transition metal catalyst is used in the Contact Process and why do transition metals often make effective catalysts?
References: "Sulfuric Acid". En.wikipedia.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.