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. Why is methanol sometimes called wood alcohol? Describe the modern synthesis of methanol. What are some uses of methanol?

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Interpretation:

The question asks one to explain why methanol is called wood alcohol and to describe modern synthesis of methanol. It also requires one to specify the uses of methanol.

Concept Introduction:

Methanol is the simplest aliphatic alcohol containing the characteristic functional group OH which is prominent in alcohols. It is a colorless liquid at room temperature and is flammable. It is synthesized in a large industrial scale since it has many applications in a wide variety of fields.

Explanation

The main two reactions for methanol production are illustrated as below.

CO(g)  + 2H2(g)CH3OH(l);91 kJ/molCO2(g

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