Stoichiometric Reaction

Last Updated: March 20, 2017

Definition - What does Stoichiometric Reaction mean?

A stoichiometric chemical reaction is one where the quantities of the reactants and products are such that all of the reactants are consumed and none remain after completion of the chemical reaction. Stoichiometry is useful for measuring chemical reactions such as those that occur in corrosion processes.

Corrosionpedia explains Stoichiometric Reaction

Stoichiometry is the technique used to calculate the required quantities of chemical reactants and products using a balanced chemical equation. The reactants and products must remain in the same proportion when increasing or decreasing the quantity of the reactants or products for the chemical equation to remain balanced.

Stoichiometry is based on the law of conservation of mass, which states that the total mass of the reactants are equal to the total mass of the products for the chemical reaction equation to be balanced.

Stoichiometry can be of two types:

  • Composition stoichiometry
  • Gas stoichiometry
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