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Keywords:

  • amines;
  • hydrogenation;
  • nitriles;
  • reduction;
  • ruthenium
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Emphatic aliphatics: The catalytic reduction of alkyl nitriles into primary amines with ruthenium–benzylidene and ruthenium–indenylidene catalysts allowed the efficient hydrogenation of aliphatic nitrile esters that were derived from plant oils.