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Synthesis, structure and reactivity of 1-(4-nitrobenzyl)-2-chloromethyl benzimidazole

Sparke, Amanda E.; Fisher, Christopher M.; Mewis, Ryan E.; Archibald, Stephen J.


Amanda E. Sparke

Christopher M. Fisher

Ryan E. Mewis


The synthesis of 1-(4-nitrobenzyl)-2-chloromethyl benzimidazole, which undergoes a nucleophilic substitution with pyridine in the absence of additional base, is reported. The key steps are the reaction of 1,2-phenylenediamine to give exclusively the mono-substituted product and the avoidance of minor by-products via the use of glycolic acid for the cyclisation step. The X-ray structures of 1-(4-nitrobenzyl)-2-chloromethyl benzimidazolium chloride and 1-[1-(4-nitrobenzyl)benzimidazol-2-ylmethyl]pyridinium chloride are presented. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Sparke, A. E., Fisher, C. M., Mewis, R. E., & Archibald, S. J. (2010). Synthesis, structure and reactivity of 1-(4-nitrobenzyl)-2-chloromethyl benzimidazole. Tetrahedron letters; the international organ for the rapid publication of preliminary communications in organic chemistry, 51(36), 4723-4726.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 2, 2010
Online Publication Date Jul 7, 2010
Publication Date Sep 8, 2010
Print ISSN 0040-4039
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 36
Pages 4723-4726
Keywords Benzimidazole; Antagonist; Anti-viral; Chelators synthesis
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