I found the solution to my question and it is the Schotten-Baumann reaction which takes an acyl chloride (which can be synthesised from a carboxylic acid via the methods detailed in the next section) and an amine to form an amide, a hydrogen chloride.
[Net reaction: $ RCOCl+NH_2 R' \rightarrow RCONHR' + HCl $]
Synthesis of Acyl Chlorides
To create acyl chlorides from carboxylic acids the following three reactions will suffice:
$ RCOOH (l) + PCl_5 (s) \rightarrow RCOCl (aq) + POCl_3 (aq) + HCl (g) $
$ 3 RCOOH (l)+ PCl_3 (s) \rightarrow 3 RCOCl (aq) + H_2 PO_3 (aq) $
$ RCOOH (l) + SOCl_2 (s) \rightarrow RCOCl (aq) + SO_2 (g) + HCl (g) $
Reference List (APA style)
- Schotten-Baumann Reaction Schotten-Baumann Conditions (n.d.). Retrieved December 22 2012 from http://www.organic-chemistry.org/namedreactions/schotten-baumann-reaction.shtm.
- Clarke, J. (2004). CONVERTING CARBOXYLIC ACIDS INTO ACYL CHLORIDES (ACID CHLORIDES). Retrieved December 22 2012 from http://www.chemguide.co.uk/organicprops/acids/pcl5.html.