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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 9 (2012), Issue 1, Pages 167-170

An Efficient and Inexpensive Synthesis of 2-Substituted Benzimidazoles in Water Using Boric Acid at Room Temperature

Zahed Karimi-Jaberi and Mohammad Amiri

Department of Chemistry, Firoozabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Firoozabad, Fars, Iran

Received 13 June 2011; Accepted 13 August 2011

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2-Substituted benzimidazoles have been synthesized in a one-pot reaction from o-phenylenediamine and aldehydes in the presence of boric acid in water at room temperature. The method was proved to be eco-friendly, convenient and the products were isolated with good yields.