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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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

Which of the methods below is the most suitable for the preparation of large quantities of hydrogen (such as the amounts needed as a reagent for the synthesis of compounds such as ammonia)?

  1. (a) Electrolysis of water
  2. (b) The reaction of metal hydrides with water
  3. (c) The high-temperature reaction of methane and water
  4. (d) The reaction of zinc and hydrochloric acid

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: To predict the most suitable method for the production of large quantities of hydrogen form the given methodes.

Concept introduction: Hydrogen is a colorless gas and has a very low boiling point. It has very low atomic mass. Hydrogen is produced in vast quantities by various industrial methods, the majority of which is used for the preparation of ammonia by Haber’s process.

It is also used in the manufacturing of methanol and other chemicals.

The simplest way to generate hydrogen is through coal and steam. This is one of the oldest methods to synthesize hydrogen. The other methods to produce hydrogen are catalytic steam reformation of methane and electrolysis of water.

Some of the laboratory methods to produce hydrogen are the reaction of metal with an acid, metal hydride with water or metal with water. The most commonly used laboratory method is the reaction of metal with an acid.

Explanation

Reason for the correct option

A very large quantity of hydrogen is required for the syntheses of ammonia. Such large quantity is produced by the high-temperature reaction of methane and water. This reaction is known as the catalytic steam reformation of methane. Methane reacts with water to produce hydrogen. A very high temperature is employed for this reaction and water is used as steam in the reaction. The chemical equation of the reaction is as follows:

    CH4(g)+H2(g)3H2(g)+CO(g)

The reaction is endothermic and has a positive heat of formation. The reaction produces the largest amount of hydrogen. More hydrogen can be produced from the second step in which the carbon monoxide produced in above reaction reacts with water to produce hydrogen. The chemical equation of the reaction is as follows:

    H2O(g)+CO(g)H2(g)+CO2(g)

This is known as water gas shift reaction. Carbon dioxide produced can be removed by reaction with calcium oxide which forms calcium carbonate.

Reason for the incorrect options

Electrolysis process produces hydrogen in very pure form. It uses electricity to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen is also generated in the reaction

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