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Ammonium acetate is widely utilized as a catalyst in the Knoevenagel condensation. It is the primary source of ammonia in the Borch reaction in organic synthesis. It is used with distilled water to make a protein precipitating reagent. It acts as a buffer for electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry of proteins and other molecules and as mobile phases for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Sometimes, it is used as a biodegradable de-icing agent and an acidity regulator in food additives.
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Zhang, J.; Yao, J.; Liu, J.; Xue, S.; Li, Y.; Wang, C. Four-component reaction between naphthols, substituted β-nitrostyrenes, substituted benzaldehydes and ammonium acetate in water-PEG-400: an approach to construct polysubstituted naphthofuranamines. RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (60), 48580-48585.