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Urea to ammonia

  1. Aug 21, 2011 #1
    (NH2)2CO + H2O = CO2 + 2 NH3

    According to Wikipedia, human feces contain several bacteria which possess the enzyme urease, which is supposed to catalyze the above reaction.

    A couple of days ago, I filled a 60 mL bottle with urine and a little bit of poop, then covered it with a small balloon, hoping to collect the resulting gases.

    Well, thus far, I have observed no apparent change. How long should it take?

    Also, could it be that the ammonia and carbon dioxide are dissolving into the water?
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