Andrussov oxidation

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The Andrussov Oxidation is an organic reaction describing the oxidation of methane in the presence of oxygen, ammonia, and a platinum catalyst to produce hydrogen cyanide.[1][2]

CH4 + NH3 + 1.5O2 → HCN + 3H2O


  1. L. Andrussov, Ber. 60, 2005(1927).
  2. L. Andrussow (1935). "The catalytic oxydation of ammonia-methane-mixtures to hydrogen cyanide.". Angewandte Chemie 48: 593-595.