2891. ROLLEFSON, G. K., AND GARRISON, W. Iodine-Sensitized Decomposition of Methyl Alcohol. Jour. Am. Chem. Soc., vol. 62, 1940, pp. 588-590; Chem. Abs., vol. 34, 1940, p. 2784.
I-sensitized decomposition of MeOH has been studied at 325°. The net over-all reaction may be represented by the equation 3MeOH=2CH4+CO+2H2O. This is the result of 2 parallel reactions, one an oxidation of the alcohol by I to CO, the other a reduction by HI to CH4. These reactions are represented by equations MeOH+2I=CO+4 HI and MeOH+2HI=CH4+I2+H2O. Tables are given for the distribution of I and for the amounts of CH4 and CO present during the reaction.