The Oxidative Decyanation of Secondary Nitriles via α-Hydroperoxynitriles

Sandra J. Selikson, David S. Watt

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The oxidative decyanation of secondary nitriles to ketones was effected by trapping nitrile anions with molecular oxygen, reducing the resulting α-hydroperoxynitriles to cyanohydrins with stannous chloride, and converting the cyanohydrins to ketones with sodium hydroxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-268
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975

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  • Organic Chemistry


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