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Novel Imidazole Analogues of Stilbene: Synthesis and Characterization of Cis- and Trans-1,2-bis(4-nitro-1-p-methoxybenzylimidazol-5-yl)ethene.
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1  Laboratory for Drug Design and Synthesis, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, Maryland 21250, USA

Abstract: Stilbenes are an important class of organic compounds carrying a wide variety of useful applications in organic synthesis. These applications include, but are not limited to, asymmetric dihydroxylation, photocyclization, photodimerization, and synthesis of diphenyl acetylenes, bromohydrins, and benzils. Heterocyclic analogues of stilbenes are of interest not only for exploring these various applications but also for their inherent potential to serve as key precursors to the synthesis of a host of novel as well as known heterocycles containing fused imidazole ring systems. We present here the synthesis and characterization of the title cis- and trans-1,2-bis(4-nitro-1-p-methoxybenzylimidazol-5-yl)ethene, I and II.
Keywords: Synthesis, Imidazole Analogues of Stilbene, Versatile Synthetic Intermediates.