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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 515309, 5 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Single Crystal X-Ray Structure of New (2E)-2-[3-(1H-Imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylpropylidene]-N-phenylhydrazinecarboxamide

1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2457, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
2Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Pharmaceutical and Drug Industries Research Division, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza 12622, Egypt

Received 9 June 2013; Accepted 31 July 2013

Academic Editor: Gustavo Portalone

Copyright © 2013 Mohamed I. Attia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and X-ray crystal structure of a new (2E)-2-[3-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylpropylidene]-N-phenylhydrazinecarboxamide (4) are reported. The stereochemistry of the title compound 4, C19H19N5O, about the imine bond [1.296 (4) Å] was assigned to have (E)-configuration. In the urea moiety, the N–H entities are trans to each other, and one of these forms is an intramolecular N–HH hydrogen bond. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with a = 5.8093 (2) Å, b = 20.5575 (6) Å, c = 14.0355 (5) Å, α = 90.00°, β = 97.365° (2), γ = 90.00°, V = 1662.36 (10) Å3, and Z = 4. The molecules are packed in crystal structure by weak intermolecular hydrogen interactions.

1. Introduction

Epilepsy is the most prevalent neurological disorder, affecting nearly 50 million of mankind [1]. Despite significant advances that have been made in epilepsy research, estimates suggest that convulsions in about 30% of epileptics are still inadequately controlled by the available antiepileptic medications [2]. Additionally, the patients often suffer side effects from the currently used antiepileptics, such as nausea, headache, anorexia, hepatotoxicity, gingival hyperplasia, and hirsutism [35]. Accordingly, there is a substantial demand for the development of more effective and safer antiepileptic therapies.

An evaluation of the literature exposed the emergence of structurally distinct anticonvulsants, namely, aralkylimidazoles. Nafimidone (I) and danzimol (II) (Figure 1) are two representatives of this class of anticonvulsants that are independently discovered. Moreover, compounds I and II displayed anticonvulsant profile similar to that of phenytoin or carbamazepine, but more distinguished than that of barbiturates and valproic acid [69].

Figure 1: Chemical structures of nafimidone (I), denzimol (II), arylsemicarbazones III, and the target compound 4.

It has been well documented that arylsemicarbazones III (Figure 1) are a promising pharmacophore for anticonvulsants, and a number of arylsemicarbazone derivatives showed anticonvulsant potential [10, 11]. Accordingly, we report herein a synthetic pathway to achieve arylsemicarbazones incorporating imidazole moiety as hybrid structures which can be screened as new anticonvulsant leads. Additionally, the (E)-configuration of the title compound 4, namely, (2E)-2-[3-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylpropylidene]-N-phenylhydrazinecarboxamide (4), was established via its single crystal X-ray structure.

2. Experimental

2.1. General

Melting points were determined on a Gallenkamp melting point apparatus and are uncorrected. Infrared (IR) spectrawere recorded as KBr disks using the Perkin Elmer FT-IR Spectrum BX apparatus. NMR spectra were measured in DMSO-d6 on a Bruker NMR spectrometer operating at 500 MHz for 1H and 125.76 MHz for 13C at the Research Center, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. Chemical shifts are expressed in δ-values (ppm) relative to TMS as an internal standard. Mass spectra were measured on Agilent Triple Quadrupole 6410 QQQ LC/MS with ESI (electrospray ionization) source. The X-ray diffraction measurements of compound 4 were performed using Bruker SMART APEXII CCD diffractometer. Crystallographic data have been deposited with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (supplementary publication number CCDC-933941).

2.2. Preparation of (2E)-2-[3-(1H-Imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylpropylidene]-N-phenylhydrazinecarboxamide (4)

A solution of 2 (1.51 g, 10 mmol), ketone 3 (2.00 g, 10 mmol), and few drops of glacial acetic acid in ethanol (15 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 18 h. The reaction mixture was evaporated under reduced pressure, and the residue was crystallized from ethanol to give 2.16 g (65%) of 4 as colorless crystals m.p. 176–178°C.

IR (KBr): ν ( ) 3480, 3216 (NH), 1652 (C=O), 1594 (C=N); 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): δ: 3.33 (t, J = 7.6 Hz, 2H, –CH2–CH2–N), 4.13 (t, J = 7.6 Hz, 2H, –CH2–CH2–N), 6.87 (s, 1H, –N–CH=CH–N=), 7.05 (t, J = 7.35 Hz, 1H, Ar–H), 7.29 (s, 1H, –N–CH=CH–N=), 7.32 (t, J = 8.0 Hz, 2H, Ar–H), 7.41–7.43 (m, 3H, –N–CH=N–, Ar–H), 7.65 (d, J = 8.3 Hz, 3H, Ar–H), 7.85-7.86 (m, 2H, Ar–H), 8.88 (s, 1H, NH), 10.27 (s, 1H, NH); 13C NMR (DMSO-d6): δ: 28.3 (–CH2–CH2–N), 42.1 (–CH2CH2–N), 119.4 (–N–CH=CH–N=), 119.9, 122.6, 126.4, 128.3, 128.4, 128.5, 128.9 (–N–CH=CH–N=, Ar–CH), 136.8, 137.3 (Ar–C), 138.9 (–N–CH=N–), 145.1 (C=O), 153.6 (C=N); MS m/z (ESI): 334.2 [M + 1]+.

2.3. Crystal Structure Determination

Slow evaporation of pure semicarbazone 4 in DMSO furnished the colorless single crystals. A colorless single crystal of suitable size, 0.42 mm 0.11 mm 0.09 mm, was selected for X-ray diffraction analysis. Data were collected on a Bruker APEX-II CCD area diffractometer equipped with graphite monochromatic radiation (λ = 1.54178 Å) at 296 K. Cell refinement and data reduction were done by Bruker SAINT [12]; program used to solve structure and refine structure is SHELXS-97 [13]. The final refinement was performed by full-matrix least-squares techniques with anisotropic thermal data for nonhydrogen atoms on . All the hydrogen atoms were placed in calculated positions and constrained to ride on their parent atoms. Multiscan absorption correction was applied by use of SADABS software [12]. The crystallographic data and refinement information are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1: Crystallographic data and refinement information.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Chemistry

The intermediate semicarbazide 2 was prepared according to our previously developed methodology [14] as outlined in Scheme 1. Thus, aniline was allowed to react with ethyl chloroformate to give the carbamate ester 1 which was subsequently reacted with hydrazine hydrate to furnish semicarbazide 2.

Scheme 1: Synthetic route for preparation of the semicarbazide 2. Reagents and conditions: (i) ClCOOC2H5, CH2Cl2, RT, 0.5 h; (ii) H2N–NH2·H2O, reflux, 24 h.

The imidazole-containing ketone 3 was synthesized from acetophenone in two steps according to the previously reported procedure as shown in Scheme 2 [15]. Semicarbazide 2 was reacted with ketone 3 in ethanol in the presence of a catalytical amount of acetic acid at ambient temperature to yield the target semicabazone 4 in moderate yield (Scheme 2). The structure of compound 4 was confirmed via IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and mass spectral data.

Scheme 2: Synthetic protocol of the target compound 4. Reagents and conditions: (i) HN(CH3)2·HCl, , conc. HCl, ethanol, reflux, 2 h; (ii) imidazole, water, reflux, 5 h; (iii) compound 2, ethanol, acetic acid, RT, 18 h.

X-ray crystallography is a decisive analytical tool which can confirm the configuration of the title semicarbazone 4. Fortunately, we have succeeded to get single crystals of compound 4 which were suitable for X-ray crystallography, and hence the assigned (E)-configuration of compound 4 was established via its single crystal X-ray structure.

3.2. Crystal Structure of Compound 4

The crystal structure of the title compound 4 contains one molecule in the asymmetric unit. The labeled displacement ellipsoid plot of this molecule is shown in Figure 2. The selected bond lengths, bond angles, and bond torsion angles are listed in Table 2. The hydrogen-bonded interactions are listed in Table 3. Figure 3 depicts the packing of the molecules in the crystal structure. The crystal structure is stabilized by a three-dimensional framework structure by the combination of N–HO and C–HO intermolecular hydrogen bonds.

Table 2: Selected geometric parameters (Å, °).
Table 3: Hydrogen-bond geometry (Å, °).
Figure 2: ORTEP diagram of the title compound 4 drawn at 50% ellipsoids for nonhydrogen atoms.
Figure 3: Crystal packing showing intermolecular N–HO and C–HO hydrogen bonds as dashed lines.

4. Conclusion

The synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of a new imidazole-containing arylsemicarbazone, namely, (2E)-2-[3-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylpropylidene]-N-phenylhydrazinecarboxamide (4), have been successfully achieved. The assigned (E)-configuration of the title compound 4 was confirmed via its single crystal X-ray structure. Results and analysis of the X-ray crystal structure of compound 4 are also reported. Compound 4 can be screened for anticonvulsant potential as it is a hybrid structure containing both arylsemicarbazone and imidazole pharmacophoric moieties of anticonvulsants.

Conflict of Interests

The authors have declared that there is no conflict of interests.


The authors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for its funding of this research through the Research Group Project no. RGP-VPP-196.


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