Equilibrium Project


Explanation of equilibrium chemical reaction(CO (g) + 2H2(g) <-> CH3OH (g))

Carbon monoxide and hydrogen but together they form methanol. A colorless fairly volatile liquid with a faintly sweet pungent odor like that of ethyl alcohol. Completely mixes with water. The vapors are slightly heavier than air and may travel some distance to a source of ignition and flash back. Any accumulation of vapors in confined spaces, such as buildings or sewers, may explode if ignited. Used to make chemicals, to remove water from automotive and aviation fuels, as a solvent for paints and plastics, and as an ingredient in a wide variety of products.

Why is this equilibrium good for out community?

Methanol is a gas that can be used for varies things. In everyday we use cars which run on petroleum, but methanol can also be used to power vehicles. Methanol is also easier to store than hydrogen. A really good thing about the equilibrium chemical equation is that if its spilled it decomposes to water and carbon dioxide.
Burn Pure Methanol Vs Pure Ethanol

Shift's of Methanol

If either CO or 2H2 are added to the reaction side, the whole chemical equation would shift to the product side. if one side has more than the other, than the side that has the most either product or reactant would shift to the opposite side to make it balanced.

The balanced equation is exothermic in which it means that it produces heat. if heat was to be added than the whole equation would shift to the product side. if heat is lost than the equation would shift to the product side cause their would be an off balance in temperature.

If the container in which this reaction is taking place happened to increase and other words if the pressure was to decrease than the equation would shift to the product side. Because the product side has 3 moles it would be shift at that direction. if pressure were to increase than the equation would shift to the product side because it has the least amount of moles.