2444. NEWITT, D. M. AND GARDNER, J. B. Initial Formation of Alcohols During the Slow Combustion of Methane and Ethane at Atmospheric Pressure. Proc. Roy. Soc., vol. 154, A, 1936, pp. 329-335; Chem. Abs., vol. 30, 1936, p. 4461.
By removing and analyzing the products formed by the surface reactions during the induction periods of the slow combustion of CH4 and C2H6, it was found that MeOH and EtOH were formed in quantities comparable with those of the corresponding aldehydes, the alcohol:aldehyde ratio diminishing, however, as the induction approached completion. It was also proved that the formation of the alcohols preceded that of the aldehydes.