2012 Volume 60 Issue 7 Pages 907-912
A method for one-pot synthesis of oxazol-5(4H)-ones has been developed using 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride (DMT-MM), which is available for the activation of carboxylic acids in an aqueous solvent. The oxazolones were prepared by the N-acylation of amino acids with carboxylic acids and the subsequent cyclodehydration of the resulting N-acylamino acids by the addition of N,N-diethylaniline. Since both these reactions proceed effectively with the same coupling reagent, DMT-MM, in aqueous solvents, the procedure is simplified and becomes easy to perform. In addition, 5-(triazinyloxy)oxazole derivatives have been synthesized by controlling the basicity of the reaction system.