Efficient synthesis of pyrrolo[1,2-a]perimidin-10-ones (4, 8) are accomplished via two new convenient methods in moderate yields. The first method is the reaction of oxalyl chloride with heterocyclic ketene aminals (HKAs) containing perimidine moiety (3), and the second is the reaction of 1,8-naphthalenediamine (1) with 2-alkoxycarbonylmethylene substituted furan-3-ones (7). The visible absorption spectrums of 4 and 8 were dominated by the characteristic perimidines bands in the region 381-439 nm. While compounds 4b-d show thermal stability up to 250 degrees C, compounds 8 are stable up to 216-235 degrees C. The structures of all products were confirmed by IR, H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopic methods, in case of 8b also by XRD analysis. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.