The detection of aminoacetonitrile (NH2CH2CN) was reported in 2008 by
Belloche et al. toward
Sgr B2(N) (the north complex) with the
IRAM 30m telescope.
Subsequent experimental study of aminoacetonitrile and its isotopomers by
Motoko et al. provides more accurate and complete
data for the species, which will be useful for future astronomical searches (such as with
A study of solid aminoacetonitrile by Borget et al.
was published in 2012.
Aminoacetonitrile (or cyanomethylamine or
glycinenitrile) is a precursor
of the amino acid glycine, which has resisted definitive detection
to date in the interstellar medium. Around 1930,
Anslow & King and then
Cocker & Lapworth reported yields of glycine of 83% and 92%,
respectively, from the hydrogen sulfate salt of aminoacetonitrile via sulfuric acid hydrolysis. Derivatives of
amino acetonitrile are used in
to expel parasitic worms (nematodes) from some livestock.