I read that when benzene vapor or mist is subject to silent electric arc in hydrogen, it made 1,4 cyclohexadiene,....and that compound is also made by the Burch reduction ,...I think but I'm not sure, I lost my notes on it.
As for nitrogen oxides, the good news is both cold and hot arcs can make that😁
I am also interested in experiment with a hot electric arc under water, so in a very small spot the arc is thousands of degrees, but the container of water can be kept cool and sit on a table inside. So if you make a slurry of gypsum and fine sand, and vigorously stir this in the water with the hot electric arc, as the particles pass into the arc, the calcium reacts with the sand the form calcium silicate and sets the sulfate free to form sulfuric acid. In other words, heating calcium sulfate with silicon dioxide makes sulfuric acid,...and my idea is to do it in a cool cup of water without a messy, noisy, electric furnace that has to be used outside.
The arc will boil the water at some point so it'll have to be jacketed to keep the solution cool, but the idea overall is awesomeness. That's what I was talking about when I initially mentioned arc ionization, aqueous. I had no idea you could produce sulfuric acid that way though.
You completely gave me the idea make the gas ionizer. I thought about the usefulness of having an H2
generator, but the cold arc reactions sound interesting. The presence of oxygen during some of those reactions is quite explosive though.
I was thinking to make a small induction burner so that I can place a steel cylinder on top of a bed of fiberglass fabric( as a heat insulator) inside of a flask then fill it with MgSO4
to distill the SO3
from it. The reaction with water is violent but from what I understand it forms a fine mist of sulfuric acid which is good to start with.
Whenever I come up with a new process, I like to make the reagent without having to have a prior amount. Like electrochemical Sulfuric Acid synthesis, I have to start with high voltages because I'm using plain water which is why I'm finding that I have to design a buck converter that can supply up to 170VDC, gradually reducing voltage as it detects a greater current flow (high ec/lower resistance), indicating the presence of SO4-
I've notice that during sulfuric acid synthesis if I don't add basic sodium to the reduction half cell, it doesn't like to release the anion. Once I do, the current rises rapidly and when I add more anhydrous MgSO4
once I see it's nearly consumed and has become Mg(OH)2
it immediately begins reacting forming magnesia and greatly increasing current flow.
Do you know why this is?