Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074



Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Generating hydrogen gas using the least amount of energy possible is very desirable. One proposed scheme is the catalyzed decomposition of formic acid, HCO2H. [S. Ott, Science, Vol. 333, pp. 1714-1715, 2011.]

HCO2H(g) ⇄ CO2(g) + H2(g)

A particularly interesting aspect of this reaction is that it can be run in reverse and so serve as a way of storing hydrogen. Calculate the equilibrium constant (at 298 K) for the decomposition reaction using thermodynamic data. Is the decomposition reaction product-favored at equilibrium at 298 K? (For HCO2H(g), ΔfH° = −378.6 kJ/mol and S° = 248.70 J/K·mol.)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The equilibrium constant for the reaction HCO2H(g)CO2(g)+H2(g) at 298K has to be determined from the given data.

Concept introduction:

Equilibrium constant in terms of concentration[KC]: Equilibrium constant can be expressed in terms of concentration.


Equilibrium constant and Gibbs free energy:


Relation between Gibbs free energy, Enthalpy and Entropy:





Using the relation ΔG=ΔH-TΔS, we can calculate the Gibbs free energy


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