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Keywords:

  • 2-aminobenzothiazoles;
  • copper;
  • cross-coupling;
  • low catalyst loadings

Abstract

An efficient protocol has been developed for the preparation of 2-aminobenzothiazoles via a copper(I)-catalyzed tandem reaction of 2-iodoanilines with isothiocyanates at very low catalyst loadings [typically 50 ppm of copper(I) iodide (CuI)]. A variety of 2-iodoanilines could be cross-coupled with isothiocyanates, affording 2-aminobenzothiazoles in moderate to good yields (49–93%) under the given conditions. The turnover number (TON) of this reaction reaches 67,000 and the reaction could be scaled up, at least, to the gram-scale.