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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 9 (2012), Issue 1, Pages 289-293

Facile and Selective Synthesis of 2-Substituted Benzimidazoles Catalyzed by FeCl3/ Al2O3

Guo-Feng Chen and Xiao-Yun Dong

Key Laboratory of Medical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Hebei University, Baoding-071002, China

Received 29 April 2011; Accepted 13 July 2011

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2-Substituted benzimidazoles were synthesized in a single pot from aromatic aldehydes and o-phenylenediamine catalyzed by FeCl3/ Al2O3 in DMF at ambient temperature attained good yields and high selectivity.