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Benzo(d)thiazole-2-thiol 200.svg
IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.216
EC Number 205-736-8
Molar mass 167.25
Appearance solid
Melting point 177-181 °C
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

2-Mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) is an organosulfur compound with the formula C6H4NSCSH. The molecule consists of a benzene ring fused to a 2-mercaptothiazole ring. It is used in the vulcanization of rubber.[1]

Synthesis and reactions[edit]

It is produced by the reaction of 2-aminothiophenol and carbon disulfide:

C6H4(NH2)SH + CS2 → C6H4NSCSH + H2S

This method was developed by the discoverer of the compound. Other routes developed by Hoffmann included the reactions of carbon disulfide with 2-aminophenol and of sodium hydrosulfide with chlorobenzothiazole.[2] Further synthetic advances were reported in the 1920s that included demonstration that phenyldithiocarbamates pyrolyze to benzothiazole derivative.[3]

It oxidizes to give the disulfide, which is called MBTS. Upon oxidation in the presence of secondary amines, it gives sulfenamide derivatives. One commercially useful example is 2-morpholinodithiobenzothiazole (MBSS), which is used as an accelerator in the vulcanization of rubber.


Using MBT, rubber vulcanizes with less sulfur and at milder temperatures, both factors give a stronger product. This effect was reported in 1921 by workers at Pirelli and in 1920 by Lorin B. Sebrell at Goodyear Tire & Rubber.[1]

This compound is used as cooling tower biocide.[citation needed]

The compound has also been used in the past in the gold-mining industry to "float" the gold from ore residue as part of the extraction process.[4]


Studies have identified it as a potiential human carcinogen.[5][6] In 2016, it was identified by the World Health Organization as probably carcinogenic to humans.[7]

It causes allergic contact dermatitis.[8] The derivative morpholinylmercaptobenzothiazole is a reported allergen in protective gloves, including latex, nitrile, and neoprene gloves.[9]

It becomes air-borne as a result of wear on car tires, and is able to be inhaled.[10]


  1. ^ a b Hans-Wilhelm Engels, Herrmann-Josef Weidenhaupt, Manfred Pieroth, Werner Hofmann, Karl-Hans Menting, Thomas Mergenhagen, Ralf Schmoll, Stefan Uhrlandt "Rubber, 4. Chemicals and Additives" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2004, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a23_365.pub2
  2. ^ A. W. Hofmann (1887). "Zur Kenntniss des o-Amidophenylmercaptans". Chem. Ber. 20: 1788–1797. doi:10.1002/cber.188702001402.
  3. ^ Sebrell, L. B.; Boord, C. E. (1923). "Preparation and properties of 1-mercaptobenzothiazole, its homologs and derivatives". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 45: 2390–2399. doi:10.1021/ja01663a023.
  4. ^ CABASSI, PAJ et. al (November–December 1983). "The improved flotation of gold from the residues of Orange Free State ores" (PDF). Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 83 (11): 270–276. ISSN 0038-223X.
  5. ^ T. Sorahan (April 2009). "Cancer risks in chemical production workers exposed to 2-mercaptobenzothiazole". Occup Environ Med. 66 (4): 269–273. doi:10.1136/oem.2008.041400.
  6. ^ National Toxicology Program scientists (May 1988). "NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole (CAS No. 149-30-4) in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Gavage Studies)". Natl Toxicol Program Tech Rep Ser. 332: 1–172. PMID 12732904.
  7. ^ Chris Graham (February 28, 2016). "Chemical found in babies' dummies and condoms 'probably causes cancer'". The Telegraph. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  8. ^ Gillian de Gannes; Sayali Tadwalkar; Aaron Wong & Nino Mebuke (2013), British Columbia Fails to Meet the North American Screening Standards: What are the Implications for Workers with Allergic Contact Dermatitis? (PDF), WorkSafeBC, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-09
  9. ^ Rose, R.F.; Lyons, P.; Horne, H.; Wilkinson, S.M. (2009), "A review of the materials and allergens in protective gloves", Contact Dermatitis, 61 (3): 129–137, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0536.2009.01580.x
  10. ^ Avagyan, R.; Sadiktsis, I.; Bergvall, C.; Westerholm, R. (2014), "Tire tread wear particles in ambient air—a previously unknown source of human exposure to the biocide 2-mercaptobenzothiazole", Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (19): 11580–11586, doi:10.1007/s11356-014-3131-1