Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9516 Tehran, I.R. IRAN
Addition of Potassium cyanide to a mixture of Schiff base and lithium perchlorate afforded a-aminonitriles in high yields. Addition of potassium cyanide to a methanolic solution of Schiff base and phosphoric acid afforded a-aminonitriles. When the reaction mixture was refluxed it gave a-amino acids in high yields.