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2-Mercaptobenzoxazole is used in the surface treatment of materials. It is utilized for protection of metals from corrosion.
Successive alkylation with different alkyl halides provides a route to unsymmmetrical dialkyl sulfides: J. Org. Chem., 48, 3842 (1983):
If the two alkyl groups are identical the reaction can be run as a one-pot sequence.
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Gao, Y. Z.; Zhang, Y. A.; Zhang, J. Synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of tetranuclear nickel and cobalt complexes with 2-mercaptobenzoxazole. Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2015, 54, 85-88.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Wear protective gloves. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.