The complexes RhCl(PPh3)3 and RuCl2(PPh3)3 catalyze hydrogen transfer from 2-propanol to the C ≡ N bond of benzonitrile and capronitrile. The reduction rate of the aromatic nitrile is higher than that of the aliphatic nitrile.
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Sharf, V.Z., Freidlin, L.K., Savchenko, B.M. et al. Reduction of nitriles with 2-propanol in presence of RhCl(PPh3)3 and RuCl2(PPh3)3 . Russ Chem Bull 25, 1784–1785 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00921461
- Reduction Rate
- Hydrogen Transfer