contact process

noun Chemistry.
a catalytic method for producing sulfuric acid from sulfur dioxide and oxygen.

Origin:
1900–05

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contact process

modern industrial method of producing sulfuric acid; it has largely replaced the chamber, or lead-chamber, process. Sulfur dioxide and oxygen, passed over a hot catalyst, unite to form sulfur trioxide, which in turn combines with water to make sulfuric acid.

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