Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Combustion

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_322-3

Definition

In chemistry, combustion is the complete or incomplete oxidation of a fuel by oxygen or other oxidants to give oxidized carbon species, such as CO (for incomplete combustion) and CO 2 (for complete combustion), water and the concomitant production of heat. For example,
$$ {\mathrm{CH}}_4+2{\mathrm{O}}_2\to {\mathrm{CO}}_2+2{\mathrm{H}}_2\mathrm{O} $$

Keywords

Bioorganic Chemistry Combustion Reaction Carbon Species Incomplete Combustion Complete Combustion 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)Tokyo Institute of TechnologyMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Blue Marble Space Institute of ScienceWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Chemical EvolutionGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA