Catalysis In Scandinavia | November 5, 2007 Issue - Vol. 85 Issue 45 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 85 Issue 45 | pp. 31-36 | Insights
Issue Date: November 5, 2007

Catalysis In Scandinavia

Regional history and present-day activity tie Nordic countries to catalytic chemistry
Department: Science & Technology

BROAD SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS don't usually materialize suddenly without precedent. They tend to evolve slowly from a collection of ideas and observations, but sometimes a single event hastens the process. That's what happened 170 years ago in Northern Europe, when Jöns Jacob Berzelius coined the term "catalysis" and described the "catalytic power" of substances apparently not consumed in chemical reactions that "awaken affinities by their mere presence."

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