phase transfer catalysis
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phase transfer catalysis[′fāz ¦trans‚fər kə′tal·ə·səs]
Enhancement of the reaction rate of a two-phase organic-water system by addition of a catalyst which alters the rate of transfer of water-soluble reactant across the interface to the organic phase.
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