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Carbon Monoxide Removal through Oxidation Catalysis

Summary: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a noxious and potentially fatal gas that is produced as a result of incomplete combustion of a hydrocarbon such as petroleum or natural gas. Luckily, carbon monoxide removal is possible through the process of catalysis. It speeds up the reaction that produces CO, and introduces it to oxygen in order to convert the toxic carbon monoxide into the completely harmless carbon dioxide. There are some useful applications for carbon monoxide removal via catalysis, commercially, industrially, and residentially, that is businesses, factories, and homes could benefit from the process of oxidation catalysis. Devices that use this reaction to minimize or erase traces of CO in a building or warehouse could potentially decrease the incidence of carbon monoxide poisoning and thus, save countless lives.