Cobalt nanoparticles for making amines cheaply and simply

Cobalt nanoparticles encapsulated in a graphitic shell can be used to kick-start a common chemical reaction called reductive amination, which is routinely used to make a wide variety of pharmaceutically and industrially important molecules. This is the new result from researchers in Germany and Saudi Arabia, who have used their technique to synthesize more than 140 important amines, including drug molecules, chiral amines and amino-acid derivatives……..