Acid, Gasses and Enzymes
Date: Winter 2011-2012
We were synthesizing Ammonia gas using HCl acid, as a part of the class experiment, for studying its chemical properties and that's when it hit me! Our body produces gases and acids like these (eg: Urea) during various metabolic process, which seems impossible because these gases & acids require very high temperatures (~200'C) for their synthesis and the maximum our body can do is 37'C. So how a human body is able to produce gasses and acids like Ammonia, Hydrogen Sulfide, HCl and others at body temperature?
It would help to know the reaction you are using to synthesize
ammonia gas (NH3), a base, using HCl, an acid. But putting that aside,
realize that there are many reactions that have ammonia as a product. Some
of these reactions require high temperature, but many other reactions do not
require elevated temperature. What I believe you are thinking about is the
reaction of formation of a compound, that is, the formation of a compound,
in this case NH3, from its constituent elements -- N2 and H2 -- 1/2 N2 +
3/2 H2 = NH3.
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