The invention provides a method for producing amides via the reaction of aldehydes and amines with oxygen adsorbed on a metallic silver or silver alloy catalyst. An exemplary reaction is shown in Scheme 1: (I), (II), (III). ##STR00001##
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This invention was made with U.S. government support under National Science Foundation awards CHE-0513936, PHY-0646094, CHE-0545335, DMR-0820484 and Department of Energy award DE-FG02-84ER13289. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.