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The question you have asked is too undefined to answer. In order to answer it, parameters need to be specified which have not been specified. One way to make the question more specific would be to ask the question: what would be the results of the following experiment, where I use X method to create protons and I use Y method to expose them to Z, where Z is air or oxygen etc.
originally posted by: swanne
Serious question. I am a physicist, not a chemist, so I'm a little stumped here.
Apparently the hydrogen given off by some chemical reactions is actually hydrogen cations. Which means, a hydrogen atom... with no electrons. Yes, basically, a proton (except there's apparently some difference in practice).
I am led to believe that flammability is the result of the oxidation of hydrogen, in which hydrogen is by defintion supposed to lose an electron to an oxygen atom.
But if the hydrogen misses electrons, would that not prevent the oxidation from occuring?
yes, if electrons are available, which are readily available on earth.
originally posted by: Nodrak
In gas form, it will forcibly combine into molecular hydrogen.
That wouldn't be burning or combustion if you're talking about quantum chromodynamics. Combustion is a chemical process not involving quantum chromodynamics, however, scientists to have a "sloppy" way of using the word "burn" when they talk about "burning" hydrogen in the sun, which is really nuclear fusion, and that kind of "burning" which is not really "burning" in the combustion sense does involve quantum chromodynamics. I think they know that terminology is a bit confusing to call nuclear fusion in the sun "burning hydrogen" but they do it anyway.
Oxygen exhibits the same issues in gas form as well, and it is unlikely that oxidation of 1H+ is possible. I cannot say for certain as that gets into quantum chromodynamics and the changing of the baryon types in likely hood.
True but put naked protons in the atmosphere at standard temperature and pressure and it doesn't stay a naked proton for long, it will very quickly become hydrogen. Even if you form a vacuum in glassware, and put protons in the vacuum inside glassware, the electrons in the glassware are not tightly bound and the protons will easily combine with those to form hydrogen atoms and H2 molecules.
originally posted by: 00018GE
A naked proton is not hydrogen