I recently came across a paper focusing on the hydrodeoxygenation of oxygen-containing compounds. The paper linearized the rate equation in order to determine the experimental reaction order with respect to reactant "A". The paper found that the experimental reaction order was ~1.08 (I'm assuming the theoretical order should be 1). The interpretation was that this higher experimental reaction order with respect to "A" signified that the "A" mass transfer limitation dominated the reaction. How does this interpretation come about? Can someone help explain how a lower or higher experimental reaction order in comparison to the theoretical reaction order can be interpreted? Thanks in advance for the assistance!

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