Is There Something New Under the Sun? Myths and Facts in the Analysis of Catalytic Cycles Academic Article uri icon


  • This chapter addresses several classical misconceptions on basic kinetic concepts applied to catalysis, and especially on organometallic systems. These “myths” have been known by more than a few researchers for a long time, but are still too commonly misinterpreted, misunderstood, misused, and worst of all,“mistaught”. Through the analysis of kinetic graphs we will shed light on the concepts of turn-over frequencies, rate-determining states, Sabatier's volcano, irreversible and quasi-equilibrium steps, the effect of the concentrations, and the importance of considering the cycle from an energy perspective.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014