Imidazol-1-yl-acetic acid is introduced as a new, efficient and recyclable green bifunctional organocatalyst for
the synthesis of β-hydroxythiocyanate and 1,2-azido alcohols under mild conditions. This catalyst can be recovered by
simple filtration and recycled up to 8 consecutive runs without losing any of its efficiency. Various advantages associated
with this protocol include simple workup procedure, short reaction times, high product yields, greater regioselectivity.
Keywords: Imidazol-1-yl-acetic acid, epoxide, ring opening, bifunctional organocatalyst, sodium azide, sodium thiocyanate.
green chemistry, nucleophile, electrophile, regioselective.
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