Aminoacetonitrile is the organic compound with the formula NCCH2NH2. The compound is a colorless liquid. It is unstable at room temperature, owing to the incompatibility of the amine nucleophile and the nitrile electrophile. For this reason it is usually encountered as the chloride and bisulfate salts of the ammonium derivative, i.e., [NCCH2NH3]+Cl- and [NCCH2NH3]+HSO4-.[3]

Skeletal formula of aminoacetonitrile with an implicit carbon shown
Stereo, skeletal formula of aminoacetonitrile with all implicit carbons shown, and all explicit hydrogens added
Ball and stick model of aminoacetonitrile
Spacefill model of aminoacetonitrile
IUPAC names
Other names
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.957
EC Number
  • 208-751-8
MeSH Aminoacetonitrile
RTECS number
  • AL7750000
Molar mass 56.068 g·mol−1
Appearance Colourless liquid
Boiling point 15 °C (59 °F; 288 K) at 15 mm/Hg
Acidity (pKa) 5.34 (conjugate acid; H2O)[2]
GHS pictograms GHS07: Harmful GHS08: Health hazard
GHS Signal word Warning
H302, H312, H332, H351
Related compounds
Related alkanenitriles
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Production and applicationsEdit

Industrially aminoacetonitrile is produced from glycolonitrile by reaction with ammonia:


The aminoacetonitrile can be hydrolysed to give glycine:[4] Being bifunctional, it is useful in the synthesis of diverse nitrogen-containing heterocycles.[3]

Aminoacetonitrile derivatives are useful antihelmintics. They act as nematode specific ACh agonists[5] causing a spastic paralysis and rapid expulsion from the host.

Occurrence in the interstellar mediumEdit

Using radio astronomy, aminoacetonitrile was discovered in the Large Molecule Heimat, a giant gas cloud near the galactic center in the constellation Sagittarius.[6] This discovery is significant to the debate on whether glycine exists widely in the universe.


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  2. ^ Haynes, William M., ed. (2016). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (97th ed.). CRC Press. p. 5–88. ISBN 978-1498754286.
  3. ^ a b Tauber, Johannes; Opatz, Till (2015). "2-Aminoacetonitrile". E-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis: 1–4. doi:10.1002/047084289X.rn01752. ISBN 9780470842898.
  4. ^ Pollak, Peter; Romeder, Gérard; Hagedorn, Ferdinand; Gelbke, Heinz-Peter (2002). "Nitriles". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/14356007.a17_363.
  5. ^ Kaminsky, R.; Ducray, P.; Jung, M.; Clover, R.; Rufener, L.; Bouvier, J.; Weber, S. S.; Wenger, A.; Wieland-Berghausen, S.; et al. (2008). "A new class of anthelmintics effective against drug-resistant nematodes". Nature. 452 (7184): 176–180. Bibcode:2008Natur.452..176K. doi:10.1038/nature06722. PMID 18337814.
  6. ^ Belloche, A.; Menten, K. M.; Comito, C.; Müller, H. S. P.; Schilke, P.; Ott, J.; Thorwirth, S.; Hieret, C. (2008). "Detection of amino acetonitrile in Sgr B2(N)" (PDF). Astronomy and Astrophysics. 482 (1): 179–196. arXiv:0801.3219. Bibcode:2008A&A...482..179B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20079203.

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