An efficient microwave-assisted and soluble polymer-supported synthesis of medicinally important imidazole-fused benzimidazoles has been developed. The protocol involves the rapid condensation of polymer-bound amino benzimidazoles with various α-bromoketones and subsequent in situ intramolecular cyclization under microwave irradiation resulting in a one pot synthesis of imidazole interlacing benzimidazole polymer conjugates. The condensed product was obtained with excellent regioselectivity. The biologically interesting imidazo[1,2-a]benzimidazoles was released from polymer support at ambient temperature. Diversity in the triheterocyclic nucleus was achieved by the different substitutions at its 2, 3, and 9 positions. The new protocol has the advantages of short reaction time, easy workup process, excellent yields, reduced environmental impact, wide substrate scope and convenient procedure.
- Amino benzimidazoles
- Biologically interesting