Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Cover image for Vol. 56 Issue 23

Editor: Peter Gölitz, Deputy Editors: Neville Compton, Haymo Ross

Online ISSN: 1521-3773

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemPhotoChem, ChemPlusChem, Zeitschrift für Chemie

48_34/2009Cover Picture: Catalytic Oxidative Synthesis of Nitriles Directly from Primary Alcohols and Ammonia (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 34/2009)

A supported ruthenium hydroxide serves as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for the aerobic oxidative synthesis of nitriles, which are widely used in the production of pharmaceuticals as well as agricultural and fine chemicals. N. Mizuno and co-workers show in their Communication on page 6286 ff. that nitriles can be synthesized directly from alcohols or aldehydes and ammonia by using this method, thus providing a new avenue for green nitrile synthesis.

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