What are the products of the reaction between methanamine and nitrous acid?
I'm finding this particular reaction very problematic. Here's why:
My teacher tells me that methanamine, when treated with nitrous acid (created by reacting sodium nitrite and hydrochloric acid) converts to an the unstable (at room temperature) intermediate: methane diazonium chloride, which decomposes in the (aqueous) solution to yield methanol, hydrogen chloride and dinitrogen.
A friend of mine (who happens to be a fairly trustworthy senior), tells me that the actual products are methoxymethane and dinitrogen, since methanamine is an exception and doesn't give the same kind of products the other primary aliphatic amines do (he read it up a long time ago, but doesn't remember where).
In hope of clearing up this mess, I resorted to my trusty copy of Organic Chemistry (Morrison and Boyd, 7th edition), according to which, the products of a reaction between a primary aliphatic amine and nitrous acid should be: dinitrogen and a mixture of alcohols and alkenes.
It doesn't mention anything about methanamine being an exception, and "a mixture of alcohols and alkenes" is a little ambiguous. Also I didn't discard this idea because maybe - through some method I don't even know - the methyl bits from the amines might couple and somehow result in an alkene. I wouldn't know since I'm relatively new to amine + nitrous acid reactions, so I won't take the risk.
I couldn't find any trust-worthy reference on this issue for this reaction. I need help resolving this ambiguity.