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    Reaction Products from Aldehydes and Alcohols in Atmosphere

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    In air pollution chemistry and control, how is it that many common organic air pollutants such as methanol, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and phenol lose their oxygen ions and get converted ultimately to CO2 and H2O.
    For instance:

    CH3OH --> CH4
    CH2O --> CO2 + H2O
    CH3CHO --> C2H4
    C6H5OH --> C6H6

    In each of these cases, where does the oxygen go and what causes it?

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    Solution Summary

    This solution details the reaction of various aldehydes and alcohols in the atmosphere.