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Category: Chemistry Basics
Question: How can you separate hydrogen peroxide into hydrogen and oxygen?
Keywords: separate,hydrogen,peroxide
Answer: This is easily done. Just expose hydrogen peroxide to air. The oxygen in the air will oxidize the hydrogen peroxide into it's component gases. It happens far too slowly for industrial or most other purposes (an enzyme catalyst can be used to speed up the process). However, neither hydrogen nor oxygen are produced in this manner in industry. The enzyme catalyst is called "catalase" and if I remember correctly, it can be found in potatoes.