Do you or anyone else in the discussion group know of a simple wet, chemical qualitative method for detecting the presence of methanol in an aqueous solution? The exact concentration is not necessary but a relative/comparative concentration would be nice. In particular, I would like to monitor the methanol concentration as aspartame decomposes over time in soft drinks, suitable for an undergraduate laboratory experiment. I suppose FDA must have protocol for this, but their method may involve the use of a GC-FID.
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