Dr. Alan Wheatley wrote in message ...
>What Frank is suggesting seems unlikely.
>>N2O + H2O 2NO + 2H+ deltaE = - 1.59 V, deltaG = + 307 kJ/mol
>>To convert nitrous oxide to nitric oxide, it would have to be coupled with
>a reaction that could provide more than 307 kJ/mol of free energy. It
>would also involve breaking the strong N-N bond; nitrous oxide is
>relatively unreactive and, when it reacts, the N-O bond is the more likely
>to break with consequent oxidising properties. I know that enzymes can do
>marvellous things but there are limits. If Frank really did see this
>article, the mode of action of N2O that it postulated should not be
>accepted without really convincing experimental evidence in its favour.
Is this what Frank was talking about? I thought he was refering to a
possible effects (feedback or otherwise) of N2O on normal synthesis pathways