Benzamides were converted into benzonitriles with BrCCl3- PPh3-Et3N in CH2Cl2 in an Appel-type reaction. Benzaldoximes could be transformed to benzonitriles under identical conditions. It was found that the reaction system BrCCl3-(2 equiv.)PPh3 was also suitable for these transformations with PPh 3 replacing Et3N.
- Appel-type reaction
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