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Name the product, catalyst and approximate temperature maintained in Ostwald's process. How is the temperature maintained in the Ostwald's process?

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Ostwald process produces nitric acid. The catalyst used is platinum. Nowadays, a catalysts made of 90% platinum and 10% rhodium is being used. A temperature of 800oC is used. The reaction is exothermic and the heat evolved maintains the temperature.

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