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napoleon_in_rags Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-14-11 03:29 PM
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4. There's incredibly little out there, but here's what I was looking at.
Edited on Sun Aug-14-11 03:32 PM by napoleon_in_rags
The process I was reading about is called SOHIO ammoxidation
Its exothermic:
A key innovation was the successful development of a fluidized bed catalyst to allow for removal of the heat produced by the ammoxidation reaction.
And the chemical equation is from wikipedia
CH3CH=CH2 + 3/2 O2 + NH3 → NCCH=CH2 + 3 H2O (No CO2 that equation)
The chemical in the output other than water is Acrylonitrile, which is later heated to make carbon fiber, so that stuff is where the carbon resides, not the atmosphere.

Anyway, none if it is that is any kind of solution in itself, but I thought there must be some FUNDAMENTAL law of nature that states that hydrocarbon oxidation (combustion of gasoline, propane, the rest) MUST produce CO2 into the atmosphere to be exothermic and turn a motor. This equation shows me a hint that this isn't the case. oxidation of hydrocarbons can produce heat, and SOLID CARBON PRODUCTS instead of CO2. But that's where the trail ends, I can't find out more. If I'm wrong I want to know why, or if there's research I want to read about it, because like I said its a total environmental holy grail.
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