Managing Gibbs free energy
Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:47 AM
How can Gibbs free energy be managed so that you don't dissipate all that heat?
Posted 08 March 2019 - 09:05 AM
You can't realistically. Gibbs free energy is a potential reversible work in a thermodynamic process - the heat loss is part of the entropy/enthalpy of the system.
The exothermic heat loss from a reaction could potentially be used to speed up an endothermic reaction, but this is difficult to couple in a laboratory setting. Plants and other organisms have developed mechanisms to do this through evolution, and we can mimic or isolate these systems in the lab.