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Photo-assisted cyanation of transition metal nitrates coupled with room temperature C–C bond cleavage of acetonitrile

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Abstract

It is a challenge to use acetonitrile as a cyanating agent because of the difficulty in cleaving its C–CN bond. Herein, we report a mild photo-assisted route to conduct the cyanation of transition metal nitrates using acetonitrile as the cyanating agent coupled with room-temperature C–C bond cleavage. DFT calculations and experimental observations suggest a radical-involved reaction mechanism, which excludes toxicity from free cyanide ions.

Graphical abstract: Photo-assisted cyanation of transition metal nitrates coupled with room temperature C–C bond cleavage of acetonitrile

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The article was received on 05 Oct 2012, accepted on 18 Dec 2012, published on 18 Dec 2012 and first published online on 18 Dec 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37277K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 1906-1908
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    Photo-assisted cyanation of transition metal nitrates coupled with room temperature C–C bond cleavage of acetonitrile

    S. Zou, R. Li, H. Kobayashi, J. Liu and J. Fan, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1906
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37277K

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