Michaelis-Menten Kinetics for Hydrogen Peroxide-Catalase Reaction

Initializing live version
Download to Desktop

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Interact on desktop, mobile and cloud with the free Wolfram Player or other Wolfram Language products.

Catalase is an important enzyme found in the human liver. The Michaelis–Menten equation is one of the best-known models for representing enzyme kinetics. Using this chart, you can see how a change in concentration for a particular substrate (in this case, hydrogen peroxide) affects the reaction rate.


Select "image" to see a representative enzymatic reaction of catalase. This Demonstration shows an expanded pH range, beyond that existing in the human body, to show the point at which catalase denatures.

Select "image" to see the oxygen production, a measure of the progress of the redox reaction. Oxygen production is at a maximum for a pH between 8.5 and 10.5.


Contributed by: Charlotte Geoghegan, Shantellie Hickinson and Joseph Keating (August 2022)
With additional contributions by: Dalia Hassan, Yifan Lai and Kristina M. Lenn
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] P. Jones and A. Suggett, "The Catalase–Hydrogen Peroxide System. Kinetics of Catalatic Action at High Substrate Concentrations," Biochemical Journal, 110(4), 1968 pp. 617–620. doi:10.1042/bj1100617.

Feedback (field required)
Email (field required) Name
Occupation Organization
Note: Your message & contact information may be shared with the author of any specific Demonstration for which you give feedback.