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Elemental Sulfur-Promoted Oxidative Rearranging Coupling between o-Aminophenols and Ketones: A Synthesis of 2-Alkyl benzoxazoles under Mild Conditions

Thanh Binh Nguyen* and Pascal Retailleau

*Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, 1, avenue de la Terrasse, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Email:

T. B. Nguyen, P. Retailleau, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 3887-3890.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01775 (free Supporting Information)

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Elemental sulfur is an excellent oxidant for an oxidative rearranging coupling between o-aminophenols and ketones in the presence of N-methylpiperidine to provide a wide range of 2-alkylbenzoxazoles under mild conditions.

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Key Words

benzoxazoles, sulfur

ID: J54-Y2017