Methane vs Methanol
Natural gas (mostly methane, ) is very abundant in many Middle Eastern oil fields. However, the costs of shipping the gas to markets in other parts of the world are high because it is necessary to liquefy the gas, which has a boiling point of 164 . One possible strategy is to oxidize the methane (in a 1:1 mole ratio) to methanol, , which has a boiling point of 65 and can therefore be shipped more readily.
What volume of methanol is formed if 3.14×1011 of methane at standard atmospheric pressure and 25 is oxidized to methanol? The density of is 0.791 . Assume that the oxidation of methane to methanol occurs in a 1:1 stoichiometry.
Express your answer numerically in liters.
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