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Base-induced cyclisation of ortho-substituted 2-phenyloxazolines to give 3-aminobenzofurans and related heterocycles

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Treatment of ortho-benzyloxyphenyloxazolines with butyllithium and potassium t-butoxide results in cyclisation with ring-opening of the oxazoline to give 2-aryl-3-aminobenzofurans. The reaction also occurs with the corresponding benzylthio- and benzylamino-compounds to give benzothiophenes and indoles, respectively. Use of an ortho-allyloxyphenyloxazoline gives the corresponding 2-vinylbenzofuran, while both α-methylbenzyloxy and benzylsulfonyl compounds form stable spirooxazolidine products. The X-ray structure of an aminobenzothiophene product has been determined.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1738-1742
Number of pages5
Issue number14
Early online date18 Jul 2017
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2017

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  • Cyclisation, Oxazoline, Benzofuran, Benzothiophenes, Indole, Schlosser’s base, Spiro heterocycle

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