Synthesis 2005(6): 961-964  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-861852
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Ferric(III) Chloride-Promoted Electrophilic Thiocyanation of Aromatic and Heteroaromatic Compounds [1]

J. S. Yadav*, B. V. S. Reddy, A. D. Krishna, Ch. Suresh Reddy, A. V. Narsaiah
Division of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad 500 007, India
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Publication History

Received 26 August 2004
Publication Date:
09 March 2005 (online)

Abstract

Indoles, oxindoles and aromatic amino compounds undergo smooth thiocyanation with ammonium thiocyanate in the presence of anhydrous FeCl3 in dichloromethane under mild conditions to afford the corresponding 3-indolyl and 4-aryl thiocyanates, respectively, in high yields with excellent selectivity. The use of ferric chloride makes it quite simple, more convenient and practical. This new method offers several advantages such as high conversions, cleaner reaction profiles, short reaction times, and the use of inexpensive and readily available catalyst.

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IICT Communication No: 041214.