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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

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First Advisor

Professor Xiu (James) Bu


A one-pot and straightforward synthesis, which results in the formation of imidazo[1,5-a]pyridines, has been intensely investigated. This methodology has been applied to 2,2'-pyridil, α- pyridoin and 2-benzoylpyridne ketone systems respectively.

Treatment of 2,2'-pyridiI, α -pyridoin or 2-benzoylpyridine with aromatic aldehydes, and ammonium acetate in the presence of hot acetic acid has been shown to give 1-(2-Pyridoyl)-3-phenylimidazolesand 1,3-di-phenylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridines in good to excellent yields. These reactions were carried out without the use of metal catalysts, which is a commonly used methodology for imidazo[1,5-a]pyridine synthesis.

A new and efficient synthesis of 1,3-diaryl-[1,5-a]imidazopyridines has also been developed based on the reaction of 2-benzoylpyiridne with aldehydes in the presence of ammonium acetate and hot acetic acid Aldehydes applicable to this reaction include aryl aldehydes, heteroaromatic aldehydes, salicylaldehydes.

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