Imidazoles comprise a major class of five-membered heterocyclic compounds and have been found to be an integral part of
many significant pharmacological active compounds in the field of medicinal chemistry. Imidazoles are also of general synthetic utility,
since they permit functional group and structural modifications to synthesize a number of substituted heterocycles. In literature, various
conventional methods are reported for the synthesis of imidazoles. Microwave assisted synthesis has become a useful technique to
medicinal chemists for rapid organic synthesis to avoid formation of side product. This review concludes various existing synthetic
methods of imidazoles particularly focusing on microwave assisted approach developed up to 2011.
Keywords: Heterocycles, Imidazoles, Microwave assisted synthesis.
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