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Unexpected Formation of N‑(1-(2-Aryl-hydrazono)isoindolin-2-yl)benzamides and Their Conversion into 1,2-(Bis-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl)benzenes

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posted on 15.03.2013, 00:00 by Codruţa C. Paraschivescu, Mihaela Matache, Cristian Dobrotă, Alina Nicolescu, Cătălin Maxim, Călin Deleanu, Ileana C. Fărcăşanu, Niculina D. Hădade
Reaction between ortho-phthalaldehyde and various aroylhydrazines unexpectedly yields N-(1-(2-aryl-hydrazono)­isoindolin-2-yl)­benzamides as major products along with the predictable 1,2-bis-aroylhydrazones. NMR investigation of the major reaction products indicate the presence of a mixture of geometrical isomers, in various ratios. Single crystal X-ray diffraction confirms the proposed structure and indicates a Z configuration of the CN double bond substitutents. Optimization of the condensation reaction conditions enabled quantitative isolation of the cyclic isomer. Oxidation of the isomers with bis­(trifluoroacetoxy)­iodobenzene (PIFA) leads to rapid formation of new highly fluorescent 1,2-bis­(5-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl)­benzenes.