Adkins-Peterson reaction

What is Adkins-Peterson reaction?

The Adkins-Peterson reaction refers to the oxidation of methanol MeOH to formaldehyde CH2O in the presence of metal oxide catalysts such as iron oxide Fe2O3, molybdenum trioxide MoO3, or a combination of both. This reaction occurs through air oxidation.

Adkins-Peterson reaction - general reaction scheme
Adkins-Peterson reaction


The Oxidation of Methanol With Air Over Iron, Molybdenum, and Iron-Molybdenum Oxides
Homer. Adkins and Wesley R. Peterson
Journal of the American Chemical Society 1931 53 (4), 1512-1520
DOI: 10.1021/ja01355a050