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What is Nitrogen monoxide made up of?this question is to do with pollutants and compounds

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charlee111 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2008 at 3:57 AM via web

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What is Nitrogen monoxide made up of?

this question is to do with pollutants and compounds

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 7, 2008 at 12:19 PM (Answer #1)

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Nitrogen monoxide is a compound with one atom of oxygen, one of nitrogen, and one of hydrogen (HNO) and is created by the use of fossil fuels.  One specific creator of Nitrogen monoxide is the catalytic converter in cars.  By using a reducing and oxidizing catalytic converter, we can lower the activation energy for the HC, CO and NO . The reactions that occur in the catalytic converter are due to a catalyst. It is in a separate phase to the reactants is said to be heterogeneous, or contact catalyst. Contact catalysts are materials with the capability of absorbing molecules of gases or liquids onto their surfaces. However due to the conversion of these oxides into dioxides it causes other pollutants to be emitted in the exhaust of the car. These compounds are Nitrogen monoxide (a chemical which attacks the ozone layer) and Carbon monoxide.  They are extremely toxic since these are converted by reduction and oxidation into other gases. The Nitrogen monoxide is turned into harmless Nitrogen and Oxygen gas (N2 O2) so there is no problem with the conversion of Nitrogen monoxide but Carbon monoxide gives off less toxic (to humans) product in the form of Carbon dioxide (CO2) which is absorbed by plants in photosynthesis but this Carbon dioxide is a major cause of the greenhouse effect

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Nitrogen monoxide is made up of one oxygen atom, one nitrogen atom, and one hydrogen atom.

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