The aim of this study was to synthesize disperse dyes in the derivative of 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole by conventional diazotization and couplings with pyridone and resorcinol. The dyes were characterized by visible absorption spectroscopy, IR spectral studies, and 1H and 13C NMR. The pyridone and resorcinol substituted dyes exhausted well with good depth on 100% polyester fabrics with a shade of brown and purple colours, respectively. The heteroatom and the intrinsic conjugation in the thiazole structure results in high bathochromic shifts and lead to brightness of shades. The dyed fabrics showed very good to excellent wash fastness and moderate to good light and perspiration fastness properties.

1. Introduction

Textile dyes such as indigo can be derived from natural sources, while others such as disperse dyes which are meant for specific applications are obtained by synthesis. The dyes are classified according to their chemical constitution or method of application [1]. According to the colour index [2], disperse dye is a class of sparingly water soluble dyes originally introduced for dyeing cellulose acetate and usually applied from fine aqueous dispersion. Disperse dyes have also been defined as sparingly water soluble, nonionic dyes applied to hydrophobic fibres from aqueous dispersions [3]. Disperse dyes are classified as either nitroarylamine, azo, or anthraquinone. Almost all contain amino (NH2) or substituted amino groups but do not contain solubilizing groups such as sulphonic acid (SO3H) groups. The most dominant group of disperse dyes is the azo disperse dyes which account for over 70% of all disperse dyes manufactured. Disperse dyes, though originally developed to dye cellulose acetate, are now usefully applied to other hydrophobic fibres such as polyester [4].

Although more hydrophobic than cellulose acetate, polyester is more readily dyeable by some of the dyes developed for acetate using different techniques of dyeing at high temperature or in the presence of swelling agents or carriers [5].

This study focused on synthesis of disperse dyes in the derivative of 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole by conventional diazotization and couplings with pyridone and resorcinol. The 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole provides the base heterocyclic diazo component [69]. Pyridone derivatives are relatively recent heterocyclic intermediates for the preparation of azo dyes because azo pyridone dyes produce bright hues and are suitable for dyeing polyester fabrics. Although synthesis and condensation of the formyl group in the derivatives of 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole with the pyridone derivative have been reported by Bello [6], there seems to be no report in literature on the use of 3-cyano-4-methyl-6-hydroxy-1-(31-methoxypropyl)-2-pyridone and resorcinol in the synthesis of disperse dyes.

2. Experimental

2.1. Synthesis of 3-Cyano-4-methyl-6-hydroxy-1-(31-methoxypropyl)-2-pyridone (Dye Intermediate) (Scheme 1)

3-Cyano-4-methyl-6-hydroxy-1-(31-methoxypropyl)-2-pyridone was prepared by stirring a mixture of 28.2 cm3 ethyl cyanoacetate and 72.0 cm3 3-methoxy propylamine until a clear solution was obtained, and then 39.3 cm3 ethyl acetoacetate was added. The mixture was refluxed at 110°C for 9 hours.

Dilution and acidification of the solution produced the pyridone in good yield.

2.2. Synthesis of Diazo Component (2-Amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole) (Scheme 2)

2-Amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole (4) was prepared by Villsmeier formylation of 30.4 g of 2-aminothiozolinone hydrochloride salt (2) which was in turn prepared by refluxing a mixture of 66 g ethyl chloroacetate and 40.2 g thiourea in 255 cm3 ethanol for 3 hours as summarized in Scheme 2. The aldehyde (4) was prepared by adding the hydrochloride salt to a cooled mixture of 154 cm3 dimethylformamide and 56 cm3 phosphorous oxychloride. The mixture was heated at 70°C for 24 hours. After adding the mixture to 240 cm3 of ice-water and hydrolyzing with 24 g/80 cm3 solution of sodium hydroxide, the product (4) rapidly precipitated. It was purified by pouring the cake in water and adjusting the pH to 5 with sodium acetate. The product was obtained as a yellow solid in good yield.

2.3. Diazotization of 2-Amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole

Sodium nitrite (2.8 g, 0.04 moles) was added to 30 cm3 cold concentrated sulphuric acid at such a rate that brown fumes were not evolved. After the addition, the mixture was warmed gradually on a water-bath to 65–70°C when all of the sodium nitrite went into solution. The solution was cooled externally to 5°C and diluted with 20 cm3 of 1 : 4 (by volume) mixture of propionic and acetic acid. 0.04 mole aminothiazole was added gradually to the nitrosylsulfuric acid paste at 0°C with vigorous stirring and the liquor was then stirred for 15 min. maintaining the temperature at 10°C. The diazo solution was coupled to the various coupling components.

Coupling components:


2.4. Coupling of Diazotized 2-Amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole to Pyridone and Resorcinol (Scheme 3)

3-Cyano-4-methyl-6-hydroxy-1-(31-methoxypropyl)-2-pyridone (1) (1.50 g, 0.01 mole) was dissolved in a solution of KOH (0.56 g, 0.01 mole) in 4 mL water. The resultant solution was cooled to 0–5°C and treated with a cold solution of the diazonium salt as prepared above. The same procedure was followed to prepare coupling solution with the resorcinol (RSN).

2.5. Characterization of the Dyes

The dyes were characterized by visible absorption spectroscopy using Unicam SP 800 spectrophotometer, IR spectral bands obtained from Pekin Elmer 100 FT-IR spectrophotometer, and 1H and 13C NMR using Brucker-Advanced 400 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer.

2.6. Dyeing

The dye bath of 50 mL was made up of the dye (2% o.w.f.), 1.5 mL carrier (chlorobenzene), and 1 mL dispersing agent (Albatex PON). 1 g of the fabric after being wetted and thoroughly squeezed to remove excess water was immersed into the bath at 50°C and allowed to reach the boil within 15 mins. Dyeing was continued at the boil for 1 hr with constant agitation. At the end of dyeing, the substrate was removed, squeezed, and rinsed thoroughly under a running tap water and allowed to dry at room temperature.

2.7. Reduction Clearing

The dyed material was treated in a bath containing 1.5 g/L dispersing agent, 2 g/L caustic soda, and 2 g/L sodium dithionite at 60°C for 30 minutes. This was aimed at removing unfixed dye and carrier residues that may be left on the fabric after dyeing [10].

3. Results

The diazo component used is as shown next:


where R1 is the coupling component.

4. Discussion

The UV-visible and IR spectral characteristics of the dyes showed that dyes 1 and 2 absorbed light at high wavelengths up to 549.0 nm (dye 1) and 504.5 nm (dye 2) (Table 1). The presence of the main functional groups such as carbonyl (C=O), azo (N=N), nitrile (C–N), cyano (CN), hydroxyl (OH), and carbon-chloride single bond (C–Cl) in the structures of the dyes was established by IR spectral bands.

Solvatochromism describes the ability of a chemical substance to change colour due to a change in solvent polarity. Negative solvatochromism corresponds to hypsochromic shift with increasing solvent polarity and positive solvatochromism corresponds to bathochromic shift with increasing solvent polarity. The sign of the solvatochromism depends on the difference in dipole moment between the ground and excited states of the chromophore.

The solvatochromic properties of the dyes were measured in acetone, dimethylformamide (DMF), and ethanol [11]. The results in Table 2 showed that dye 1 was absorbed at much higher wavelength in DMF, an indication that DMF has greater polarity towards the dye than the other solvents. Since polarities of the ground and excited state of a chromophore are different, a change in the solvent polarity will lead to differential stabilization of the ground and excited states and thus a change in the energy gap between these electronic states. Consequently, variations in the position, intensity, and shape of the absorption spectra can be direct measures of the specific interactions between the solute and solvent molecules. The halochromism (effect of few drops of acid on the visible absorption band) of the dyes was studied in ethanol. The dyes exhibited positive and negative halochromism, respectively, on addition of one drop of hydrochloric acid to ethanol (Table 2) with visible absorption maximum at 527 nm and 472 nm, corresponding to halochromism shifts of −22 nm and +1.5 nm for dyes 1 and 2, respectively. The negative halochromism exhibited by dye 1 occurred due to decrease in bathochromic shift arising from the release of electrons from (CH2)3OCH3 into the aromatic ring of the coupling component (pyridone). Dye 2 gave a positive halochromism by a shift of +1.5 nm. This is the effect of the OH groups on the resorcinol.

The structures of the dyes (Figure 1) were established and confirmed by proton (1H) and carbon (13C) NMR.

4.1. NMR Analysis of Dye 1

From the NMR spectra data presented in Table 4,13C-NMR revealed 15 signals corresponding to 15 carbon atoms;1H-NMR revealed 14 signals corresponding to 14 hydrogen atoms.

DEPT spectra indicate the following:90 revealed (1CH=1C, 1H),135 revealed (3CH2=3C, 6H),135 revealed (2CH3=2C, 6H).

From the dye structure in Figure 2, there are 7 quaternary carbon atoms.The presence of OH was cited at carbon 61 (δh = 4.76 ppm).The presence of CN was cited at carbon 111 (δc = 125.50 ppm).

4.2. NMR Analysis of Dye 2

From the NMR spectra data for dye 2 (Table 5),13C NMR revealed 10 signals corresponding to 10 carbon atoms;1H NMR revealed 6 signals corresponding to 6 hydrogen atoms;DEPT 90 revealed 4CH=4C, 4H;DEPT 135 did not reveal the presence of CH2 and CH3, thereby confirming the absence of ethyl and methyl groups in the structure of dye 2 (Figure 3).

From the structure of the dye, there are six (6) quaternary carbon atoms. The presence of OH was cited at carbons 21 and 41 (δh = 8.23, δh = 3.40, δc = 131.54, and δc = 132.72), respectively, thereby confirming the two OH groups in the structure of dye 2.

On application of the dyes to polyester, the dyes exhausted well, gave leveled dyeing, and provided good shades. This is attributed to factors such as the nature and composition of diazo and coupling components, type and position of substituents on the heteroatom and carboxylic rings, and planarity of the dyes. The derivative of the diazo component used generally produced deep brown and purple shades.

The dyes exhausted well on the polyester fabrics and exhibited high molar extinction coefficients in the range of 1.990–4.340 104 L mol−1 cm−1 as shown in Table 2.

The dyeing properties such as fastness to washing, light, and perspiration of the dyes were assessed and the results as presented in Table 3 indicate that the dyes have very high fastness to wash, light and perspiration. This observation is similar to that for dyes from other sources [4, 12].

5. Conclusion

Disperse dyes were produced by coupling diazotized 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole to pyridone and resorcinol. The spectral studies of the dyes indicated that they absorbed and transmitted light well in the visible region. The proton (1H) and carbon (13C) NMR of the dyes further confirmed their structure and content as new dyes derived from 2-amino-4-chloro-5-formylthiazole. The dyes provided brown and purple shades on fibre and offered excellent affinity and intensity of colour. The heteroatom and the intrinsic conjugation in the thiazole structure result in high bathochromic shifts and lead to brightness of shades. The dyes showed very good exhaustion, leveled and uniform dyeing.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors are grateful to the Department of Chemistry, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, for granting the permission to carry out the NMR and FT-IR analysis of the dyes in the instrumentation laboratory.