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Most recent answer: 12/29/2014
can hydrogen and oxygen be combined chemically with a catalyst to form water? Is this exothermic?
- ken (age 18)
toronto, on, canada

Though it sounds a lot like a homework question, I hope it's not one.

Yes, that's a pretty famous reaction and it is exothermic:

2H2+O2= 2H2O
That's the idea behind hydrogen fuel: you burn it, you get energy that you can use however you like, and there's no waste product because you only produce water.


Yulia M.

Here's a site that mentions some catalysts: . Platinum is one of the best known. Mike W.

(published on 12/29/2014)

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