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Copper-Mediated Synthesis of Substituted 2-Aryl-N-benzylbenzimidazoles and 2-Arylbenzoxazoles via C-H Functionalization/C-N/C-O Bond Formation

Murali Mohan Guru, Md Ashif Ali and Tharmalingam Punniyamurthy*

*Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati-781039, India, Email:

M. M. Guru, M. A. Ali, T. Punniyamurthy, J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 5295-5308.

DOI: 10.1021/jo2005632


An efficient method for the transformation of N-benzyl bisarylhydrazones and bisaryloxime ethers to functionalized 2-aryl-N-benzylbenzimidazoles and 2-arylbenzoxazoles involves a copper(II)-mediated cascade C-H functionalization/C-N/C-O bond formation under neutral conditions. Substrates having either electron-donating or -withdrawing substituents undergo the cyclization at moderate temperature.

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Key Words

benzimidazoles, benzoxazoles

ID: J42-Y2011-1830