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Note | Regular issue | Vol 78, No. 8, 2009, pp.2093-2100
Published online, 10th April, 2009
DOI: 10.3987/COM-09-11695
A Convenient Method for the Synthesis of 2-Oxazolidinones from Ethylene Carbonate and Primary Aryl Amines

Hang Gong and Nian-fa Yang*

*Key Laboratory of Environment-Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Xiangtan University, Hunan, Xiangtan 411105, China


One-step procedure for the synthesis of 2-oxazolidinones from ethylene carbonate and primary aryl amines in the presence of amine catalysts was described. Various reaction parameters including catalyst, temperature, reaction time, solvent and the amount of catalyst were investigated. Excellent results were obtained using DBU as catalyst at 100 °C within 2 h free of solvent.