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Cr and Mn oxide catalysts in molecular proportions gave higher yields of higher alcohols and lower yields of MeOH in the MeOH synthesis from CO and H2 when precipitated by alkali hydroxides than when formed by ignition of the nitrates. The catalyst impregnated with 9.8% Rb gave the highest yield of higher alcohols. Theories to account for this effect are discussed. A careful analysis was made of the product obtained by using a Cr-Mn catalyst containing 15% Rb.