Breaking Bad : Season 3 : Episode 13 : “Full Measure”
Season three of Breaking Bad wraps up with a cliffhanger that we’ll have to wait until 2011 to see resolved. The past thirteen episodes have been finely crafted, with an large increase in tension and drama and a concomitant drop in the amount of actual science portrayed. Still, this does not decrease the enjoyment factor at all. Check back next season!
Gale asks Walt about “purging the catalyst bed”, by which he probably means cleaning and returning it to a pristine state. Catalysts (by definition) are not consumed in chemical reactions, but they will become poisoned (by side-reactions to non-catalytic products) or otherwise deactivated over time. The thorium dioxide (ThO2) catalyst that our cooks are using can easily be refreshed by heating in air or oxygen, which Gale should really already know.
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