Date of Award

Spring 1932

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




As the title indicates, this work falls into two major portions. The first part consists of a survey of the existing literature on the subject of the reaction of mixed ethers with the halogen acids, especially hydriodic. The object of this section is to clarify the existing confusion which surrounds the representation and explanation of this reaction. The second portion is an account of an experimental investigation which had as its object, the establishment of a method of analysis for the reaction mixtures obtained when a mixed ether is decomposed by gaseous hydrogen iodide at low temperatures. The work, although complete in itself, should logically be followed by a second investigation in which various ethers are subjected to decomposition and analysis by the methods here set down in order to determine whether or not there is any general rule governing the course of this decomposition. It is hoped that this part of the work can be completed at some time in the not too distant future.