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Hydration of nitriles to amides by a chitin-supported ruthenium catalyst

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Abstract

Chitin-supported ruthenium (Ru/chitin) promotes the hydration of nitriles to carboxamides under aqueous conditions. The nitrile hydration can be performed on a gram-scale and is compatible with the presence of various functional groups including olefins, aldehydes, carboxylic esters and nitro and benzyloxycarbonyl groups. The Ru/chitin catalyst is easily prepared from commercially available chitin, ruthenium(III) chloride and sodium borohydride. Analysis of Ru/chitin by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy indicates the presence of ruthenium nanoparticles on the chitin support.

Graphical abstract: Hydration of nitriles to amides by a chitin-supported ruthenium catalyst

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Submitted
03 Dec 2014
Accepted
05 Jan 2015
First published
08 Jan 2015

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 12152-12160
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Hydration of nitriles to amides by a chitin-supported ruthenium catalyst

A. Matsuoka, T. Isogawa, Y. Morioka, B. R. Knappett, A. E. H. Wheatley, S. Saito and H. Naka, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 12152
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA15682J

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