Thermal Chlorination of Methane

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ON correlating the data in two recent papers1, 2 on the thermal chlorination of methane and methyl chloride, it appears that there is a possibility that the four hydrogen atoms of methane are not simultaneously equally available for chlorination, but that after the substitution of one of them the other three are.

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    Mason and Wheeler, Jour. Chem. Soc., 2282; 1931.

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    Pease and Waltz, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 3728; 1931.

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    Martin and Fuchs, Zeit. Für Elektrochemie, 27, 150; 1921.

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    Harkins and Bowers, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2425; 1931. Physical Review, 38, 1845; 1931.

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    West and Farnsworth, Trans. Faraday Soc., 27, 145; 1931.

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MASON, J. Thermal Chlorination of Methane. Nature 129, 97–98 (1932) doi:10.1038/129097b0

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