Imidazole synthesis by transition metal free, base-mediated deaminative coupling of benzylamines and nitriles

Uttam Kumar Das, Linda J.W. Shimon, David Milstein

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A transition metal free, straightforward synthetic method for the preparation of substituted imidazoles is reported herein. Base promoted, deaminative coupling of benzylamines with nitriles results in the one-step synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles with liberation of ammonia. This protocol provides a practical strategy for the synthesis of valuable imidazole derivatives from readily available starting materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13133-13136
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number98
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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