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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 81, No. 10, 2010, pp.2313-2321
Published online, 26th August, 2010
DOI: 10.3987/COM-10-12019
Anhydrous FePO4: A Green and Cost-Effective Catalyst for the One-Pot Three Component Synthesis of 2,4,5-Triarylated Imidazoles

Farahnaz K. Behbahani,* Talaye Yektanezhad, and Afshin R. Khorrami

*Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Islamic Azad University Karaj Branch, Moazen St., Karaj 31485-313, Iran


A simple and efficient synthesis of 2,4,5-triarylated imidazoles is achieved by three-component cyclocondensation of benzil and benzoin, aryl aldehyde and ammonium acetate using FePO4 as a catalyst in refluxing ethanol. The key advantages of this process are high yields, cost effectiveness of catalyst, easy work-up, purification of products by non-chromatographic methods and developing of a new derivative of 2,4,5-triarylated imidazole.