Synthesis of amides by aerobic oxidative coupling of alcohols or aldehydes with amines via intermediate formation of methyl esters is highly efficient and selective when using a catalytic system comprised of supported gold nanoparticles and added base in methanol.
Kegnæs, S., Mielby, J. J., Mentzel, U. V., Jensen, T., Fristrup, P., & Riisager, A. (2012). One-pot synthesis of amides by aerobic oxidative coupling of alcohols or aldehydes with amines using supported gold and base as catalysts. Chemical Communications, 48(18), 2427-2429. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2cc16768a