I tried to develop a synthesis strategy for 2-[(E)-2-(3-bromophenyl)ethenyl]-1,3-benzoxazole below. I was able to find the synthesis plan shown on the picture below, however my target molecule is one without a fluorine on the benzoxazole. Hence, my questions is: would this reaction go the same way if I were to react the benzoxazole without the halogen (F)? If not, is there a way to remove it from the target molecule?
Here's a link to the synthesis plan I currently have:
And here's my target molecule:
Here's the reagents and the procedure as stated on reaxys:
With N-benzyl-N,N,N-triethylammonium chloride; sodium hydroxide in >dichloromethane; water Inert atmosphere;
2.1. Synthesis General procedure: The SBOs were prepared by the base-catalysed >condensation of the appropriate 5-halogeno-2-methylbenzoxazole with the >requisite aromatic aldehyde under phase transfer conditions. In a typical >experiment, equimolar quantities (5 mmol) of the starting materials were >dissolved in dichloromethane (20–50 ml) in the presence of >benzyltriethylammonium chloride (3 mmol) and stirred magnetically under a >nitrogen atmosphere as an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide (50percent, >w/v, 5 ml) was added dropwise over a period of 10 min. After being stirred >for 2–36 h until analytical thin layer chromatography indicated that the >reaction was complete, the mixture was diluted with water (50 ml) and the >SBO was extracted with dichloromethane (3×20 ml), dried (MgSO4), filtered, >evaporated under reduced pressure and recrystallized from aqueous methanol >or ethanol.