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Is there an opposite to catalysts?

I was doing some chemistry revision and realised that we always talk about making reactions quicker by using catalysts and creating a shorter reaction pathway to lower activation energy etc, and then I realised we never really talk about an opposite to this? Like is there a substance/ type of substance that raises activation energy for reactions that happen too fast?  I’m just curious haha

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  • 1 month ago

    Google "inhibitor" or "Chemical inhibitor".  Often, just reducing the concentration of the reactants will retard the reaction (just add water :))

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