Efficient synthesis of benzothiazole derivatives by reaction of bis(2-aminophenyl) disulfides with aldehydes mediated by NaSH under microwave irradiation

2-Substituted benzothiazoles were synthesized through condensation of bis(2-aminophenyl) disulfides with arylaldehydes catalyzed by inexpensive NaSH in PEG-300 and assisted by low energy microwave irradiation(25 W). Various 2-substitutedbenzothiazoles were obtained in moderate to high yields after simple post-reaction processing including adding distilled water, filtrating, and drying. Moreover, it was found that the S-S bond of the disulfide was reduced by NaSH and also by the intermediate benzothiazoline.