# Can methanol be oxidised by PCC?

Pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC) in $\ce{CH2Cl2}$ can be used to oxidise primary alcohols only to aldehydes. I can't however, find any reference of it oxidising methanol (which is strictly speaking not a primary alcohol). My question is, does PCC oxidise methanol to formaldehyde and if not, what can I use to achieve this reaction?

• My textbooks don't spend much time on reactions with methyl derivatives and I'm struggling to find brief discussions of 'methyl chemistry' that isn't on a higher level. May 17 '18 at 19:21
• www.chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/Organic_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Map%3A_Organic_Chemistry_(Smith)/Chapter_12%3A_Oxidation_and_Reduction/12.07_Oxidizing_Agents May 17 '18 at 19:49
• Yes it can. Why would you want to do this? May 17 '18 at 22:06