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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 85, No. 9, 2012, pp.2197-2211
Published online, 9th July, 2012
DOI: 10.3987/COM-12-12502
Regioselective Nitro Group Substitution. Synthesis of Isomeric 4-Amino-5-nitro- and 5-Amino-4-nitroimidazoles

Lucjusz Zaprutko,* Justyna Żwawiak, Dorota Olender, and Andrzej Gzella

*Department of Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Faculty, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780, Poland


On the basis of the reactions between 4,5-dinitroimidazole derivatives (1-methyl-4,5-dinitroimidazole, 1,2-dimethyl-4,5-dinitroimidazole and ethyl 2-(4,5-dinitroimidazol-1-yl)acetate) and cyclic amines (morpholine, piperidine or pyrrolidine) in mild conditions (THF or ethanolic solution), the order of nitro group substitution has been discovered for the first time. The influence of the solvent, steric effects and possibility of hydrogen bonds formation on the reaction direction has been discussed. Also, the way of formation of diamino-substitution product and interesting isomerization process is presented.