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    Need help with this guys - do we need to know the pathway between an amide and a nitrile and vice versa?

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    According to my teacher.. We don't need to know any specifics like conditions/mechanism or anything..
    we just need to be able to recognise that Nitrile --> Amide is hydration and Amide --> Nitrile is dehydration

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    (Original post by Lou Reed)
    nitrile --> amide:

    reduce the nitrile using H2 and Ni catalyst to get an amine, react this with an acyl chloride or acid anhydride to get an amide.
    Aaah, of course. Thanks! And other way round is dehydration. Gotcha.
 
 
 
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