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Formation of Methyl Alcohol by the Direct Oxidation of Methane

Nature volume 127, page 481 (28 March 1931) | Download Citation

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THE isolation and identification of the primary oxidation product of a hydrocarbon is so crucially important from the point of view of the theory of hydrocarbon combustion that no effort has been spared to overcome the experimental difficulties involved. For, although there is considerable agreement that the main course of the oxidation proceeds in accordance with the hydroxylation theory, during recent years there has been some controversy as to whether the initial product is an hydroxylated molecule or a peroxide.

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  1. Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, S.W.7, Mar. 21.

    • WILLIAM A. BONE

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