Considering energy-releasing devices such as bombs or batteries which operate on chemical reactions and not nuclear (i.e. strong/weak) forces, what are the upper bounds on the amount of chemical potential energy that can be contained in 1kg or 1m3 of ordinary matter at RTP?

Here I'm not asking for the energy density of known compounds, necessarily, but rather an answer of the type "no conceivable compound could exceed X J/kg because ..."

Extra kudos if you can add insight into limits on the rate of energy release and efficiency considerations.


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