Polyethylene glycol-promoted synthesis of pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazole and pyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole derivatives in water

Synthesis of pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazole and pyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole derivatives were achieved using polyethylene glycol (PEG-400) as promoting reaction medium in water under catalyst-free conditions at reflux and room temperature, respectively. The structure of pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazole was confirmed using 1H NMR, 13C NMR, DEPT, and HMBC experiments. The promising points for the present methodology are efficiency, generality, high yield, short reaction time, cleaner reaction profile, ease of product isolation, simplicity, potential of recycling reaction medium, and finally agreement with green chemistry protocols.