In this issue of Chem Catalysis, Zhang et al. describe a method to electrochemically hydrogenate nitriles to primary amines on nanostructured copper electrocatalysts. Through the implementation of CO2-saturated electrolytes, the primary amines are reversibly converted to carbamic acids or carbamates, which prevents their condensation into secondary or tertiary amines.
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