Conversion of Methanol to Formaldehyde

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Consider the production of formaldehyde by gas-phase pyrolysis of methanol [1] by the reaction . This Demonstration plots the extent of the reaction versus temperature (in kelvin) for user-set values of the pressure . Two methods are compared: (1) the Gibbs free energy minimization technique, shown by the red curve; and (2) the reaction coordinate method, indicated by the blue triangles. Perfect agreement is observed between the two approaches.

Contributed by: Housam Binous, Mohammad Mozahar Hossain, and Ahmed Bellagi (March 2016)
(King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, KSA; ENIM, University of Monastir, Tunisia)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] M. D. Koretsky, Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics, 2nd ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013.

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