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A simple calculation on catalyst poisoning destined for the novice in organometallic chemistry
Bayard, François
Laboratoire de Chimie Organométallique de Surface
UMR 9986 CNRS-CPE-Lyon
43 Bd. du 11 Novembre 1918
69616 Villeurbanne Cedex

Starting from the kinetic theory of gas, simple calculations are used to illustrate the difficulty for keeping organometallic catalysts free of poisoning. The goal of this demonstration is to point out to the student arriving in an organometallic laboratory some of the basic difficulties in performing chemical reactions under strictly air and water free conditions.

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