CH3CHO + H2 → C2H5OH – Balanced equation

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This is an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction:

CI + 3 e- C-II (reduction)

C-III - 1 e- C-II (oxidation)

2 H - 2 e- 2 HI (oxidation)

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CH3CHO is an oxidizing agent, CH3CHO is a reducing agent, H2 is a reducing agent.

Reactants:

  • CH3CHOAcetaldehyde , Ethanal
    • Other names: Acetic aldehyde , Ethyl aldehyde , Acetylaldehyde , NSC 7594
    • Appearance: Colourless liquid ; Gas or colourless liquid with pungent odour ; Colorless liquid or gas (above 69°F) with a pungent, fruity odor.
  • H2
    • Names: Dihydrogen , Hydrogen , H2
    • Appearance: Odourless colourless compressed gas

Products:

  • C2H5OHEthanol
    • Other names: Absolute alcohol , Alcohol , Cologne spirit
    • Appearance: Colorless liquid ; Colourless liquid with characteristic odour ; Clear, colorless liquid with a weak, ethereal, vinous odor.
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