Hydrocyanation by Homogeneous Catalysis
Published Online: 15 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
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Casalnuovo, A. L., McKinney, R. J. and Tolman, C. A. 2006. Hydrocyanation by Homogeneous Catalysis. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry.
- Published Online: 15 MAR 2006
The homogeneous catalysis of hydrocyanation is discussed with particular reference to the hydrocyanation of butadiene to adiponitrile, as employed in the commercial synthesis of nylon. Nickel complexes with bulky phosphite ligands are most effective and the mechanism is discussed. Asymmetric versions of the reaction are also discussed.
- hydrogen cyanide;