Problem: Acetic acid can be manufactured by combining methanol with carbon monoxide, an example of a  carbonylation reaction:CH3 OH( l ) + CO( g )  →  CH3 COOH( l )Why are elevated temperatures used?

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We’re being asked to explain why the given reaction uses elevated temperatures


We will check the spontaneity of the given reaction: 

CH3OH( l ) + CO( g )  →  CH3COOH( l )

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Acetic acid can be manufactured by combining methanol with carbon monoxide, an example of a  carbonylation reaction:
CH3 OH( l ) + CO( g )  →  CH3 COOH( l )

Why are elevated temperatures used?