Various 2-alkylthio-5-amino- and 2,5-diamino-1,4-phenylenediamines were prepared by treatment of N-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)- N′-phenyl-1,4-quinonediimine with thiols and amines using air as an oxidizing agent. Key 2-alkylthio-1, 4-benzoquinone diimines were prepared via Ag2O oxidation of the corresponding 1,4-phenylenediamines.

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