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Synthesis of Alkanoyl and Aroyl Cyanides

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A practical cyanation of aroyl chlorides was performed in DMF at room temperature with 0.2 equivalent of a non-toxic cyanide source, 3 mol% AgI, 4 mol% PEG-400, and 3 mol% KI as the catalyst system. The corresponding aroyl cyanides were prepared in good yields.
Z. Li, S. Shi, J. Yang, Synlett, 2006, 2495-2497.