Influence of Nitric Oxide on the Thermal Decomposition of Dimethyl Ether. Gaseous Catalysis

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IN the course of an investigation on the thermal decomposition of dimethyl ether, alone, and in the presence of other gases, the reaction with nitric oxide was studied. We found that very small quantities of the oxide reduced the rate of reaction, represented by the equation, (CH2)2O = CH4 + CH2O, and measured by the rate of formation of methane, to a very small fraction of the rate observed in the pure gas. This is in accord with the results of Staveley and Hinshelwood1 in the case of diethyl ether.

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  1. 1

    Proc. Roy. Soc., A, 154, 335 and J. Chem. Soc., 812 (1936).

  2. 2

    NATURE, 137, 906 (1936); 138, 26 (1936).

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