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The use of magnesium nitride as a convenient source of ammonia allows a direct transformation of esters to primary amides. Methyl, ethyl, isopropyl, and tert-butyl esters are converted to the corresponding carboxamides in good yields.
Gemma E. Veitch.; Katy L. Bridgwood.; and Steven V. Ley. Magnesium Nitride as a Convenient Source of Ammonia: Preparation of Primary Amides.Org. Lett.2008,10(16), 3623-3625.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H228-H315-H319-H335
Flammable solid. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
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