# Is it possible to prevent methane combining with oxygen?

The output from an anerobic kitchen waste digester is mostly CH4, and CO2. If the methane is collected over water; algae/moss may use the CO2 to grow. Yet Oxygen is released ... which, together with methane, is a potent environment.

Will the oxygen, in this closed jar filled with water+algae+moss, recombine to form CO2 and H2O? Is there a means to prevent methane combining with oxygen released by the algae?

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I doubt that the conditions in an Anaerobic digester (organic acids, ammonia (!), etc) allow algae to grow. If they do, the oxygen they set free will create oxic conditions and stop the AD - Methanogens are obligate anaerobe bacteria. In nature, Methanogens and Algae inhabit different habitats - methanogens in the mud at the bottom of a swamp, algae (maybe) in the water above.

Processes for seperating $CO_2$ from $CH_4$ usually work on the $CO_2$ (absorption in amines or water under high pressure), so it would be hard to pull the $CH_4$ from the headspace of your vessel - but given the biological points, this is a non-issue.

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Very slowly, you will not see this. However, it is much worse, as explosive composition of $CH_4$ and $O_2$ will form.
In industrial applications it is possible to separate $CO_2$ from $CH_4$ and them move $CO_2$ into separate chamber with algae.