Tartarate oxidation: colors and gases - catalysts

Without an appropriate catalyst some chemical reactions would be so slow as to appear not to occur at all on the human timescale. However, when catalyzed, these reactions can be very dramatic. Dr. Cech shows a very colorful reaction involving oxalate catalysis. Tartarate oxidation is catalyzed with CoCl2. Also featured on the DVD The Double Life of RNA, available free from HHMI.

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