Old wine in new bottles

This is what consultants sell: the same old thing, with new, expensive trappings: “Want to make an amide? Have I got good news for you!

Yep, that’s right: someone has come up with a new way to form amides by reacting acid chlorides and amines. “But hold on,” you say, “I thought that acid chlorides and amines form amides like an unstoppable juggernaut, which grinds to a halt only when enough HCl is given off to take the remaining amine out of contention”.

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