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The carbon dioxide formed in the combustion stage is heated in the presence of pure lithium metal, which produces lithium carbide. When all of the carbon dioxide has reacted, distilled water is added to the lithium carbide and a chemical reaction occurs, resulting in the production of acetylene gas. This gas is then passed through a vanadium-based catalyst column, which produces liquid benzene (C6H6).