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Combustion of Ethanol

Mrs. Strickland's Honors Chem

Johnathan Lara

on 16 January 2014

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Combustion of Ethanol
C2H5OH + 3O2
2CO2 + 3H2O
Complete Combustion of Ethanol:
Ethanol (C2H5OH) combines with six oxygen
atoms (3O2), when the reactants come in contact with heat or a spark, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and water (3H2O) are formed.
Ethanol burns in a smokeless, blue flame.
Johnathan Lara
4th Strickland - Honors Chemistry
Chemical RXN Choice Board
Due: March 5, 2013
What happens when oxygen levels
are limited?
C2H5OH + 2O2
2CO + 3H2O
This is also know as incomplete combustion. Incomplete combustion occurs when there aren't enough oxygen atoms, so instead of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) being formed, the deadly gas, Carbon Monoxide (CO) is formed. This incomplete combustion can be found after a gas and ethanol mixture is burned.
Incomplete Combustion of Ethanol In Our Lives
When ethanol does not combust completely, one of the products that is left is carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that if it is enclosed in a room, can be a german gas chamber, but even outside it is dangerous. Carbon monoxide is one of the leading causes of air pollution.
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