Benzimidazole is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound. This bicyclic compound consists of the fusion of benzene and imidazole. The most prominent benzimidazole compound in nature is N-ribosyl-dimethylbenzimidazole, which serves as an axial ligand for cobalt in vitamin B12. 
- C6H4(NH2)2 + HC(OCH3)3 → C6H4N(NH)CH + 3 CH3OH
Benzimidazole, in an extension of the well-elaborated imidazole system, has been used as carbon skeletons for N-heterocyclic carbenes. The NHCs are usually used as ligands for transition metal complexes. They are often prepared by deprotonating an N,N'-disubstituted benzimidazolium salt at the 2-position with a base.
- Albendazole, a common use anthelmintic.
- Indole, an analog with CH in place of nitrogen in position 3.
- Purine, an analog with two additional nitrogen atoms in the six-membered ring.
- Simple aromatic rings
- Triclabendazole, most common drug against liver flukes
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