Issue Date: February 22, 2016 | Web Date: February 18, 2016
Chemists Achieve Hydrocyanation Without Using Toxic Hydrogen Cyanide
Hydrocyanation is a go-to reaction for converting an alkene to a nitrile, which is one of the most versatile functional groups available to chemists. The process is used industrially to produce adiponitrile, an intermediate for making nylon. However, it is rarely used in the lab or for fine chemicals production because the hydrogen cyanide required as a reagent is extremely toxic, volatile, and potentially explosive.
Researchers in Germany have now designed an approach to hydrocyanation . . .
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