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Current Organic Synthesis


ISSN (Print): 1570-1794
ISSN (Online): 1875-6271

Research Article

Synthesis of 5-(trifluoroacetyl)imidazoles from Bromoenones and Benzimidamides via Aza-Michael Initiated Ring Closure Reaction

Author(s): Alexey R. Romanov*, Evgeniy V. Kondrashov and Sergey V. Zinchenko

Volume 21, Issue 2, 2024

Published on: 13 June, 2023

Page: [195 - 209] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/1570179420666230420100643

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Introduction: A simple method for the preparation of 5-(trifluoroacetyl)imidazoles was elaborated.

Methods: The reaction of trifluoromethyl(α-bromoalkenyl)ketones with benzimidamides was employed to afford the target heterocycles in good yields.

Results: The assembly of imidazole core proceeds via aza-Michael adduct formation followed by intramolecular nucleophilic substitution and spontaneous aromatization as an oxidation sequence.

Conclusion: The yields of target imidazoles can be improved by the use of soft oxidizing agents.

Keywords: Fluorine-bearing azaheterocycles, imidazoles, CF3-bromoenones, aza-MIRC synthesis, aza-Michael addition, oxidizing agents.

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