No, it does not act like a catalyst.Sulfuric Acid
acts as a dehydrating agent, removing the water
from the sucrose according to this
reaction:The hydration of
the Sulfuric acid creates heat (exothermic
reaction). This is the driving force of the
reaction.Sulfuric acid is hydrated.Like you said,
the acid is reacting with the OH groups of the
The waste product still has to be
neutralized because it is still an acid,although
less strong now because it is diluted.
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