A mild hydration of nitriles catalysed by copper(ii) acetate

Patricia Marcé, James Lynch, A. John Blacker, Jonathan M. J. Williams

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A simple, mild and general procedure for the hydration of nitriles to amides using copper as catalyst and promoted by N,N-diethylhydroxylamine is described. The reaction can be conducted in water at low temperature in short reaction times. This new procedure allows amides to be obtained from a wide range of substrates in excellent yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1436-1438
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number7
Early online date20 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2016


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