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Conversion of aqueous formaldehyde to methylene glycola

Assuming that you have formaldehyde, CH2O, fully solubilized in water at a temperature of 200 degrees F, is the first order and natural reaction:

CH2O + H2O = CH4O2

In otherwords, assuming that the water is pure water, will formaldehyde with 100% certainty become methylene glycol?

What things might inhibit the formation of methylene glycol......is there any risk that not all of the formaldehyde would convert to methylene glycol??? Is there time involved in this kinetic conversion....I herel that it may take 24 hours to convert the CH2O to CH4O2??

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Assuming that you have formaldehyde, CH2O, fully solubilized in water at a temperature of 200 degrees F, is the first order and natural reaction:

CH2O + H2O = CH4O2

In otherwords, assuming that the water is pure water, will formaldehyde with 100% certainty become methylene glycol?

What things might inhibit the formation of methylene glycol......is there any risk that not all of the formaldehyde would convert to methylene ...

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This solution calculates whether formaldehyde will definitely become methylene glycol in a given reaction

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