Question
Thu March 27, 2014 By: Sanskrati Gawande

how can we convert sodium acetate to methane

Expert Reply
Fri March 28, 2014

Sodium acetate is heated with soda lime:

Dry sodium acetate on heating with dry soda lime (NaOH + CaO), gives methane. Sodium carbonate is formed a s a byproduct.

     CH3 COONa      +    NaO H   +  CaO   →   CH4     +       Na2CO3

Dry sodium acetate            Soda lime        Methane   Sodium carbonate

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