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Keywords:

  • amination;
  • ammonia;
  • bio-alcohol;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • sustainable chemistry
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Can I borrow hydrogen? Direct amination of biomass-derived platform alcohols can be efficiently performed through the borrowing hydrogen mechanism, offering high activity and selectivity at low-to-moderate temperatures. Unlike nucleophilic substitution, the catalyst behaves as a tandem system involving the temporary removal of H2 from the reaction medium.