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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 705-712

Synthesis of Novel Antibacterial Agents: 1-(2', 4'-Dihydroxy-5'-chlorophenyl)-3-arylpropane-1, 3-Diones

J. I. Sheikh, V. N. Ingle, and H. D. Juneja

Organic Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur-440 033, India

Received 7 November 2008; Accepted 12 December 2008

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1-(2', 4'-Dihydroxy-5'-chlorophenyl)-3-arylpropane-1, 3-diones(3a-h) have been synthesized by a simple and convenient method employing Baker-Venkatraman transformation on 2-aroyloxy-4-hydroxy-5-chloroacetophenones (2a-h) with NaOH in dimethylsuphoxide regardless of pyridine. The structures of the synthesized compounds have been assigned on the basis of elemental and spectral analyses (IR, 1HNMR, 13C NMR, Mass). The synthesized compounds were evaluated for the antibacterial efficacy against gram negative and gram positive bacteria.