Can you get metallic Iron out of {eq}F{{e}_{2}}{{O}_{3}} {/eq}? If yew, how?


Can you get metallic Iron out of {eq}F{{e}_{2}}{{O}_{3}} {/eq}? If yew, how?

Extraction of Metal:

Metal extraction is done from the "compound having the metal along with the impurity" (ore). This process is called metallurgy, e.g., iron is extracted from its oxide, sulfide, and carbonate ore.

Answer and Explanation: 1

Iron (III) oxide {eq}\rm \left( {F{e_2}{O_3}} \right){/eq} is heated in the presence of the reducing agent carbon monoxide (CO), which forms the metallic iron (Fe) and carbon dioxide (CO), which is represented through a balanced chemical reaction as follows:

{eq}\rm F{e_2}{O_3}\left( s \right) + 3CO\left( g \right) \to 2Fe\left( s \right) + 3C{O_2}\left( g \right){/eq}

The above reaction is an example of a redox reaction (iron is reduced and carbon is oxidized) used to get metallic iron from its oxide {eq}\rm \left( {F{e_2}{O_3}} \right){/eq} .

yes, we can get iron out of {eq}\rm F{e_2}{O_3} {/eq} by heating it with carbon monoxide (reducing agent).

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