Hello everyone, before I ask my question I will state that I am not very well versed in chemistry beyond a high school level. I'm interested in the compound n-acetyl-cysteine amide, but it's not obtainable on the internet. I came across a comment describing a synthesis from NAC and ammonia, but it seems like it would be simplistic, so I want to run it by you.
"It's pretty easy to make. It's just as simple as adding an equimolar amount of ammonia to NAC, slowly evap the water with low heat to get the ammonium salt of NAC, then heat that until it starts to emit water and form NACA. It won't be 100% efficient, since you'll get some byproducts of cysteine, cysteine amide, and acetamide, but they're harmless and can be separated by recrystallization or A/B solvent extraction."
Now I don't care about optimal purity, but I do care about potentially unsafe byproducts. Would this synthesis lead to a worthwhile amount of NACA being produced without dangerous byproducts?