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The electroreduction of benzyl cyanide on iron and cobalt cathodes

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An electrochemical method for preparing amines from organic cyanides using iron black and cobalt black cathodes has been studied. Benzyl cyanide underwent smooth reduction at a cobalt black cathode in an aqueous ethanolic ammonium sulphate medium to give a 74% yield of 2-phenylethylamine with a current efficiency of 50%; whereas with an iron black cathode under the same conditions, a 57% yield of 2-phenylethylamine has been obtained with a current efficiency of 33%.

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Krishnan, V., Muthukumaran, A. & Udupa, H.V.K. The electroreduction of benzyl cyanide on iron and cobalt cathodes. J Appl Electrochem 9, 657–659 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00610957

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Keywords

  • Iron
  • Sulphate
  • Ammonium
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Cobalt