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, Volume 62, Issue 12–16, pp 1076–1085 | Cite as

Theoretical and FTIR Investigations of the Acetonitrile Hydrogenation Pathways on Platinum

  • Lautaro Vogt
  • Erica Schulte
  • Sebastián Collins
  • Paola QuainoEmail author
Original Paper


The hydrogenation reaction of acetonitrile adsorbed on a platinum surface to produce amines has been investigated by theoretical and in situ infrared studies. An energetic, kinetics and vibrational analysis have been performed to unravel the elementary steps of the reaction and to clarify the mechanism. The comparison with the experiments allows us to identify an imine as a crucial intermediate for this reaction.


DFT In situ FTIR Nitrile hydrogenantion Platinum 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from ANPCyT PICT-2014-1084 and PICT-2014-0497, PIP-CONICET-2015-086CO and ASACTEI grant 00010-18-2014. LV thanks UNL for the granted fellowship. P.Q, E.S and S.C thank CONICET for continuous support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ingeniería QuímicaUniversidad Nacional del LitoralSanta FeArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de Química Aplicada del Litoral (IQAL)Universidad Nacional del Litoral and CONICETSanta FeArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Industria Química (INTEC)Universidad Nacional del Litoral and CONICETSanta FeArgentina

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