Efficient Synthesis of 5,5-Disubstituted Bis-hydantoins/spirohydantoins and a Tetrakis-analogue: A Drug-like Multi-cyclic Scaffold

Document Type: Research Paper


1 University of applied science and technology

2 Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Guilan, P.O.Box 41335-1914, Rasht, Iran


An easy method was developed for the efficient preparation of diversely new 5,5-disubstituted N(3),N'(3)-linkaged bis-hydantoins. At first, using the same methods, some ketones and terephthalaldehyde were converted to several hydantoins and a new bis-hydantoin , respectively. Then 1,6-dibromohexane, as a mild reagent, was employed for the alkylation and incorporation of synthesized substrates to produce quantitative yields of the desired bis-hydantoins. A tetrakis-hydantoin including four effective heterocyclic rings was also surprisingly synthesized from 5,5'-(1,4-phenylene)bis(imidazolidine-2,4-dione). The aim of this study is to synthesis of bis- and tetra core-hydantoins, bis-drug-like molecules employing a practical and reliable reaction process that requires slight amount of reagents; a process that is simple, accessible producing remarkable yields from an easy procedure that is cost effective and/or environmentally friendly. The resultant hydantoins potentially have bis- or multi-drugs behaviors in comparison with mono-counterparts, as cited in literatures for similar heterocyclic compounds. Spectral analysis confirmed the structures of the synthesized hydantoins.