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Full structural formula
Skeletal formula with numbers
Ball-and-stick model
Space-filling model
IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.474
EC Number
  • 206-020-8
MeSH D010080
Molar mass 69.06 g/mol
Density 1.050 g/cm3
Boiling point 69 to 70 °C (156 to 158 °F; 342 to 343 K)
Acidity (pKa) 0.8 (of conjugate acid) [1]
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Oxazole is the parent compound for a vast class of heterocyclic aromatic organic compounds. These are azoles with an oxygen and a nitrogen separated by one carbon.[2] Oxazoles are aromatic compounds but less so than the thiazoles. Oxazole is a weak base; its conjugate acid has a pKa of 0.8, compared to 7 for imidazole.


Classical oxazole synthetic methods in organic chemistry are

Other methods:

oxazoline from propargyl amides Merkul 2006
Oxazoline Synthesis Continuous Reactor


In biomolecules, oxazoles result from the cyclization and oxidation of serine or threonine nonribosomal peptides:

Where X = H, CH
for serine and threonine respectively, B = base.
(1) Enzymatic cyclization. (2) Elimination. (3) [O] = enzymatic oxidation.

Oxazoles are not as abundant in biomolecules as the related thiazoles with oxygen replaced by a sulfur atom.


Oxazoline CAN oxidation
In the balanced half-reaction three equivalents of water are consumed for each equivalent of oxazoline, generating 4 protons and 4 electrons (the latter derived from CeIV).
Use of an oxazole in the synthesis of a precursor to pyridoxine, which is converted to vitamin B6.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zoltewicz, J. A. & Deady, L. W. Quaternization of heteroaromatic compounds. Quantitative aspects. Adv. Heterocycl. Chem. 22, 71-121 (1978).
  2. ^ Heterocyclic Chemistry TL Gilchrist, The Bath press 1985 ISBN 0-582-01421-2
  3. ^ A new consecutive three-component oxazole synthesis by an amidation–coupling–cycloisomerization (ACCI) sequence Eugen Merkul and Thomas J. J. Müller Chem. Commun., 2006, 4817 - 4819, doi:10.1039/b610839c
  4. ^ Fully Automated Continuous Flow Synthesis of 4,5-Disubstituted Oxazoles Marcus Baumann, Ian R. Baxendale, Steven V. Ley, Christoper D. Smith, and Geoffrey K. Tranmer Org. Lett.; 2006; 8(23) pp 5231 - 5234; (Letter) doi:10.1021/ol061975c
  5. ^ They react together in the first phase in a continuous flow reactor to the intermediate enol and then in the second phase in a phosphazene base (PS-BEMP) induced cyclization by solid-phase synthesis.
  6. ^ "Ceric Ammonium Nitrate Promoted Oxidation of Oxazoles", David A. Evans, Pavel Nagorny, and Risheng Xu. Org. Lett.; 2006; 8(24) pp 5669 - 5671; (Letter) doi:10.1021/ol0624530
  7. ^ Gérard Moine, Hans-Peter Hohmann, Roland Kurth, Joachim Paust, Wolfgang Hähnlein, Horst Pauling, Bernd–Jürgen Weimann, Bruno Kaesler (2011). "Vitamins, 6. B Vitamins". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/14356007.o27_o09.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)