catalyst decay

Synonym: catalyst deactivation
The conversion in a catalytic reaction performed under constant conditions of reaction often decreases with time of run or time on stream. This phenomenon is called catalyst deactivation or catalyst decay.
PAC, 1976, 46, 71. 'Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units - Appendix II. Definitions, Terminology and Symbols in Colloid and Surface Chemistry. Part II: Heterogeneous Catalysis' on page 83 (