Parallel synthesis of novel benzimidazoles on a soluble polymer support

Ling Ju Chang, Manohar V. Kulkarni, Chung-Ming Sun*

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Liquid phase combinatorial synthesis using a soluble polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer support and commercially available 3-nitro-4-fluoro benzoic acid is carried out in order to create a molecular library of trisubstituted benzimidazoles. The PEG-ester conjugate of 3-nitro-4-fluoro benzoic acid is subjected to ipso-fluoro displacement by various primary amines. The nitro group is reduced under neutral conditions using excess zinc and ammonium chloride, producing the polymer-boundo-phenylene diamines. Reaction of the diamines with different aldehydes results in cyclisation to benzimidazoles. The polymer support is cleaved releasing the desired products in high yields and purity. All reactions are performed at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-294
Number of pages7
JournalCentral European Journal of Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Benzimidazoles
  • Liquid phase synthesis
  • Molecular diversity
  • Polymer support

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