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Imidazole structure
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Imidazole Properties

Melting point:
88-91 °C(lit.)
Boiling point:
256 °C(lit.)
1.01 g/mL at 20 °C
vapor pressure 
<1 mm Hg ( 20 °C)
refractive index 
Flash point:
293 °F
storage temp. 
H2O: 0.1 M at 20 °C, clear, colorless
6.953(at 25℃)
Specific Gravity
Amine like
PH Range
9.5 - 11
9.5-11.0 (25℃, 50mg/mL in H2O)
Water Solubility 
633 g/L (20 ºC)
λ: 260 nm Amax: 0.10
λ: 280 nm Amax: 0.10
Stable. Incompatible with acids, strong oxidizing agents. Protect from moisture.
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288-32-4(CAS DataBase Reference)
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Imidazole (288-32-4)
  • Risk and Safety Statements
Signal word  Danger
Hazard statements  H315-H319-H301-H361-H371-H318-H360-H302-H314-H360D
Precautionary statements  P310a-P501a-P201-P260-P280-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P308+P313-P310-P202-P264-P270-P301+P330+P331+P310-P303+P361+P353+P310+P363-P304+P340+P310-P305+P351+P338+P310-P308+P311-P405-P501-P260h-P301+P330+P331
Hazard Codes  C,Xi,T
Risk Statements  36/38-63-34-22-20/21/22-61
Safety Statements  26-36/37/39-45-22-36-27-53
RIDADR  UN 2923 8/PG 3
WGK Germany  1
RTECS  NI3325000
Autoignition Temperature 480 °C
HazardClass  8
PackingGroup  III
HS Code  29332990
Toxicity LD50 in mice (mg/kg): 610 i.p.; 1880 orally (Nishie)
NFPA 704
3 0

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Imidazole Chemical Properties,Uses,Production

chemical properties

Imidazole is between the two nitrogen atoms of five membered heterocyclic compounds containing. The unshared electron pair of 1-bit nitrogen atom in imidazole ring participates in the cyclic conjugation, reduces the electron density of the nitrogen atom, and makes hydrogen of the nitrogen atom easily leave in the form of hydrogen. Therefore imidazole has weak acidity, and can form salt with strong base.
The unshared electron pair of 3-bit nitrogen atom in imidazole ring doesn’t participates in the cyclic conjugation, while it occupies the sp2 hybridized orbital, can accept protons, and form salt with strong acid. Alkaline of imidazole is slightly stronger than pyrazole and pyridine.
There is tautomerism in the imidazole ring. The hydrogen on the 1-bit nitrogen atom can be transferred to the 3-atom, therefore, imidazole derivatives with same substituent respectively on 4-bit and 5-bit are tautomers.
Imidazole is stable to acid, and has antioxidant activity. Imidazole derivatives are widely found in nature, such as histamine, histidine and benzimidazole, etc.
There are some interesting reagents in acyl imidazole compounds. For example, 1-acetyl imidazole is a stable acylating agent, after reaction with pyrrole, it becomes 1-acetyl pyrrole. Furthermore, in general, 1-acetyl imidazole can get ketones and aldehydes using Grignard reagent and reducing agent. Reaction of N, N-carbonyldimidazole and carboxyl will get useful reagent acyl imidazole. The relationship between imidazole and natural compounds is very close. For example, pyrimidine ring turns into purine derivatives after condensation. In addition to being like 6-amino purine and guanine the nucleic acid bases, it also exists in the organisms of uric acid, caffeine and theophylline. The catalytic action of imidazole, such as accelerated enzyme hydrolysis, still under study. As the cause of allergic skin, its toxicity is similar todiamine. Rat oral LD501880mg/kg.
imidazole structure
imidazole structure

Physical characteristics

In nature, there are only imidazole derivatives and no free imidazole. The precipitation from benzene is a colorless crystalline prism, with scents of ammonia. Relative molecular mass 68.08. Relative density 1.0303(101/4℃) . Melting point 89~91℃,boiling point 257℃,165℃~168℃(2.67×103Pa) and 138.2℃(1.60×103Pa). Flash point 145℃. Refractive index 1.4801(101℃). Viscosity 2.696mPa·s(100℃). Slightly soluble in benzene, petroleum ether, soluble in ether, acetone, chloroform and pyridine, easily soluble in water (at normal temperature 70) and ethanol. It appears weak alkaline. As the-NH-bond on 1 bite and-N= bond on 3 bit forms hydrogen bond, the boiling point is quite high; when 1 bit hydrogen is substituted, hydrogen bond cannot be formed, hence the boiling point decreases. As to thermal stability, it rarely dissolves under 250℃ (decomposition temperature is 590℃). It is also very stable to reducing agent and oxidant, but can form stable salt with inorganic acid. Owning some certain aromatic properties, also could get halogenation, nitration, sulfonation and hydroxymethylation in the presence of catalyst. Can be coupled with the heavy nitrogen salt in 2 bit. In addition, due to the =NH (1 bit) connected to the two double bonds, with some of the "acid", it can be replaced by metal to get salt. In addition, 3 bit nitrogen ions have coordination effect on metal ions, which can form chelate compounds. Although it is difficult to restore, but can be combined with the proton to generate cation type with resonance structure, and get of a stable form. Tautomers of imidazole ring are very easy to change, so it is hard to tell isomers on 4 bit or 5 bit.
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Main application

Imidazole can be used as epoxy curing agent, improve the mechanical properties such as bending, stretching and compression etc., improve the electrical properties of the insulation, and improve performance of chemical resistance properties, which is widely used in computers and electrical appliances;
Used as an anti-rust agent for copper in printed circuit boards and integrated circuits;
Used as pharmaceutical raw materials for manufacturing anti-fungal drugs, antifungal agents, drug for treatment of hypoglycemia, artificial plasma, trichomonad drug, bronchial asthma drug, macula agent, etc.;
Used as pesticide raw material for synergist, insecticides and fungicides of boric acid agent;
In addition, imidazole is also used as raw material of urea-formaldehyde resin curing agent, photographic medicine, adhesive, coating, vulcanizer, antistatic agent, etc.; intermediate for organic synthesis.

Preparation method

With glyoxal as raw material, reactive in formaldehyde and ammonium sulfate (or ammonia) in 85~90℃, and get imidazole sulfate and then neutralized with calcium hydroxide to get imidazole crude product. Filtering, water washing, combining filtrate and washings, decompression evaporation concentration and crystallization, then it’s done. If using ammonia directly, then there should be no sulfate processing steps and it can be prepared at once. Either with ammonium sulfate or ammonia, the yield is relatively low, approximately 45%.
With o-phenylenediamine and formic acid as raw material, via cyclization to benzimidazole, and then through oxidation in the sulfuric acid solution to generate dicarbonyl imidazole; later in the effect of copper oxidation, via decarboxylation from 100 to 150℃ to get crude; And then in benzene solution recrystallization to get imidazole finished products.
With d-tartrate acid as raw material, in sulfuric acid, nitric acid was used to carry out nitrification, and get 2, 3-dinitro tartrate acid; and then in the formaldehyde and ammonia reaction, to get dicarboxylic imidazole; finally decarboxylation to get it.


1.Used as intermediate of bactericide for imazalil, prochloraz, etc., and that of pharmaceutical anti-fungal drug, econazole, ketoconazole, and clotrimazole as well.
2.Used as organic synthetic materials and intermediates for the preparation of drugs and pesticides.
3.Used as analytical reagent, as well as in organic synthesis.
4.Imidazole is mainly used as curing agent for epoxy resin. In Japan the imidazole accounts for less than half of the consumption. For imidazole compounds whose dosage is 0.5 to 10 percent of epoxy resin, it can be used in antifungal drug, ant mildew agent, hypoglycemic drug, artificial plasma, etc., also can be used in medicines to cure trichomoniasis and turkey blackhead. Imidazole is also one of the main raw material during production of imidazole antifungal miconazole, econazole, clotrimazole and ketoconazole. By imidazole and 2, 4, ω-trichloroacetophenon as the main raw material, it can get fruit fungicide enilconazde. Add 2, 4, ω-trichloroacetophenon into absolute methanol, with heating reflux, adding bromine. Wait until the solution color gradually disappeared, cooling to 0℃, and then intensely mixing it for 3h. And the vacuum distillation of methanol. Put the remaining liquid into the water, to extract it with dichloromethane. After the extract recovered with dichloromethane, add dilute nitric acid to get salt; recrystallization with water and then treated with ammonia to get 2', 4'-dichloro-2-imidazole acetophenone. Furthermore use sodium borohydride reduction into the corresponding alcohols, and then in the presence of sodium hydroxide and dimethyl formamide, use allyl chloride based to get enilconazde (also known as enilconazole). the after adding dilute nitric acid salt and water after recrystallization using ammonia water treatment of 2,2 ', 4'-dichloro 2-methyl imidazole phenyl ethyl ketone. It has something in common of the structure and production methods between enilconazde and miconazole. Miconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent, and enilconazde is also antifungal agent, which is widely used in imazalil.
5.Agrochemical intermediates, bactericide intermediates, triazole fungicide.

Production method

1.It can be made via cyclization and neutralization by glyoxal. Put glyoxal, formaldehyde and ammonium sulfate into reaction pot, stir and heat up to 85-85℃ with heat preservation 4h. Cool it to 50-60℃, with limewater neutralization to pH for more than 10. Heat up to 85-90℃, ammonia excretion for more than 1h, cool it slightly, filter and filter cake washing with hot water; Combined wash, filtrate, and vacuum concentration until anhydrous steamed out; continue to vacuum distillation until low boiling substances all steamed out, collect 105-160℃ (0.133-0.267kPa) fractions and then imidazole is done. The yield is about 45%. Another method is to make cyclization of o-diaminobenzene and formic acid to get benzimidazole, followed by 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole via reaction and open-loop of hydrogen peroxide, and finally get imidazole via decarboxylation. 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole also can be made by d-tartrate through nitration and cyclization. The process of getting imidazole via decarboxylation of 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole is as below: mix 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole with copper oxide, heat up to 100-280℃, emit lots of carbon dioxide gas, then the collected distillate is crude product, and at last recrystallize it with benzene to get the product, and the yield is 76%.
2.The production method is to put glyoxal, formaldehyde and ammonium sulfate into reaction pot, stir and heat up to 85-85℃ with heat preservation 4h. Cool it to 50-60℃, with limewater neutralization to pH for more than 10. Heat up to 85-90℃, ammonia excretion for more than 1h, cool it slightly, filter and filter cake washing with hot water; Combined wash, filtrate, and vacuum concentration until anhydrous steamed out; continue to vacuum distillation until low boiling substances all steamed out, collect 105~160℃/133~266Pa fractions and then imidazole is done.
With o-phenylenediamine as raw material, put it into formic acid, stir and heat up, heat preservation at 95~98℃ for 2h, cool it to 50~60℃, adjust PH value to 10 with 10%NaOH; When it reaches room temperature, with filtering, washing and drying to get benzimidazole. Put benzimidazole into concentrated sulfuric acid, heat up to 100℃, and slowly drop in H2O2. Reaction while stirring under 140~150℃ for 1h, cooling to 40℃, water dilution, precipitation, crystallization, filtration, washing, drying, and then 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole is done. Mix 4, 5-dyhydroxy imidazole with copper oxide, heat up to 100-280℃, emit lots of carbon dioxide gas, then the collected distillate is white block crude product, and at last recrystallize it with benzene to get the fine imidazole.

Chemical Properties

Imidazole is a heterocyclic compound with a five-membered planar ring. It is amphoteric and highly polar.The pharmacophore of imidazole exists in bioactive compounds including amino acids, plant growth regulators and therapeutic agents.


Excellent for buffers in the range of pH 6.2-7.8
Imidazole has been used
  1. in the lysis, wash and elution buffer for the purification of histidine tagged Sonic Hedgehog(shh-N) protein.
  2. in elution buffer in stepwise gradient for the purification of histidine tagged aldo keto reductases using nickel affinity chromatography.
  3. as a component of homogenization buffer for the purification of phagosomal compartments from dendritic cell.


Imidazole is a versatile heterocycle used in the preparation of various biologically active compounds such as the amino acid histidine and is present in many antifungal medication. It is also used ext ensively as a corrosion inhibitor on transition metals such as copper.It is used in organic synthesis and as an antiirradiationagent.


ChEBI: An imidazole tautomer which has the migrating hydrogen at position 1.

Health Hazard

It is less toxic relative to pyrrole and otherfive-membered heterocyclic compounds ofnitrogen. Intraperitoneal administration ofimidazole caused somnolence, muscle contractions,and convulsions in mice. Theoral LD50 value in mice is in the range900 mg/kg.

Fire Hazard

Noncombustible solid.

Purification Methods

Crystallise imidazole from *benzene, CCl4, CH2Cl2, EtOH, pet ether, acetone/pet ether and distilled de-ionized water. Dry it at 40o under vacuum over P2O5. Distil it at low pressure. It is also purified by sublimation or by zone melting. [Snyder et al. Org Synth Coll Vol III 471 1955, Bredereck et al. Chem Ber 97 827 1964, Caswell & Spiro J Am Chem Soc 108 6470 1986.] 15N-imidazole crystallises from *benzene [Scholes et al. J Am Chem Soc 108 1660 1986]. [Beilstein 23 II 34, 23 III/IV 564, 23/4 V 191.]

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