A one-pot synthesis of 2-alkoxybenzoxazole (I) from benzoxazoline-2-thione (II) was achieved. Treatment of benzoxazoline-2-thione with methyl iodide followed by an alcohol at room temperature in the presence of sodium hydride gave I. The reaction involves the intermediate of 2-(methylthio)benzoxazole (IIIa), followed by substitution of the methylthio group by an alkoxide anion. The general applicability of this method is discussed.
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