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Keywords:

  • ammoxidation;
  • aromatic nitriles;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • methyl arenes;
  • palladium
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From methyl to nitrile: A mild ammoxidation method, which directly converts methyl arenes into aromatic nitriles, has been developed by using Pd(OAc)2 and N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) as the catalysts, and tert-butyl nitrite as the nitrogen source and oxidant.