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Dr. Yong-Mei Liu, Lin He, Miao-Miao Wang, Prof. Dr. Yong Cao, Prof. Dr. He-Yong He and Prof. Kang-Nian Fan A General and Efficient Heterogeneous Gold-Catalyzed Hydration of Nitriles in Neat Water under Mild Atmospheric Conditions ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 5 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200203

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Mild, efficient and general: Titania decorated with nanometer-sized gold particles acts as an efficient catalyst for the selective hydration of a wide range of chemically diverse nitriles into valuable amides in neutral water, under mild atmospheric conditions (see image). The process shows promise for a facile and direct one-pot synthesis of ε-caprolactam, an industrially important molecule, starting from 6-aminocapronitrile.

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