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Category: ChE Outside the Plant
Question: What does the catalystic converter on an automobile really do?
Keywords: catalytic,converter,function
Answer: A catalytic converter is a device that uses a catalyst to convert three harmful compounds in automobile exhaust gas into harmless compounds. The three harmful compounds are:1. Hydrocarbons (in the form of unburned gasoline)2. Carbon monoxide (formed by the combustion of gasoline)3. Nitrogen oxides (created when the heat in the engine forces nitrogen in the air to combine with oxygen).Carbon monoxide is a poison for any air-breathing animal. Nitrogen oxides lead to smog and acid rain, and hydrocarbons produce smog.In a catalytic converter, the catalyst (in the form of platinum and palladium) is coated onto a ceramic honeycomb or ceramic beads that are housed in a muffler-like package attached to the exhaust pipe. The catalyst helps to convert carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. It converts the hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water. It also converts the nitrogen oxides back into nitrogen and oxygen.


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