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Eleonora Cornelia Crasmareanu, Vasile Simulescu, Gheorghe Ilia, "Synthesis by Reversed Phase Transfer Catalysis and Characterization of Naphthol AS-D Pigment", Journal of Chemistry, vol. 2013, Article ID 545374, 4 pages, 2013.

Synthesis by Reversed Phase Transfer Catalysis and Characterization of Naphthol AS-D Pigment

Academic Editor: Maria Roca
Received21 May 2013
Revised23 Jul 2013
Accepted29 Jul 2013
Published28 Aug 2013


Reversed phase transfer catalysis (RPTC) was applied to synthesize the Naphthol AS-D pigment. This method consists in the transfer of the aryldiazonium cation 4-nitrobenzenediazonium from aqueous medium into the organic phase (nitrobenzene) in the form of a lipophilic ions pair by the catalyst used (perfluorooctyl potassium sulfonates). In the organic phase the azo-coupling reaction between 4-nitrobenzenediazonium chloride and 3-hydroxy-2-carboxylic acid 2-methyl-anilide (Naphthol AS-D) takes place as coupling component. Using this unconventional method of synthesis, an increase of the reaction rate, combined with a higher purity of the product, was obtained.

1. Introduction

Organic pigments are traditionally used in the mass colouration of plastics and synthetic fibres, and in surface coatings such as paints and inks, and they have also found use in a number of high technology industries [1].

The original process consisted in the addition of phosphorus trichloride to a molten reaction mixture containing aniline and 2-hydroxy-3-naphthoic acid (beta-oxynaphthoic acid, also known as BONA) to give Naphthol AS in good yield [2].

For naphthol AS pigments (naphthol red pigments), the same chemistry is involved as with monoazo yellow pigments, except that the coupling reaction is carried out with arylides of 2-hydroxy-3-naphthoic acid. The reference compound of Naphthols AS is the anilide of 2-hydroxy-3-naphthoic acid. Substitution in the anilide ring affords a series of Naphthol AS derivatives although only a limited number is commercially recognized [3, 4]. Besides the typical Phase Transfer Catalysis (PTC) reactions, the PTC technique could be applied to reactions involving electrophilic reactant cations, such aryldiazonium or carbonium and anionic catalyst, in which cationic reactant is continuously transferred from aqueous phase into organic phase in the form of a lipophilic ion pair, nonnucleophilic anionic catalyst, and reacts with second reactant from organic phase [5, 6]. This type of technique was called reversed phase transfer catalysis [7]. The coupling reactions of 4-nitrobenzenediazonium chloride with N-ethylcarbazole and N,N-dimethylaniline in H2O/CH2Cl2 system using sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate were studied by Ellwood et al. [8]. The same coupling reaction was studied by Iwamoto et al. [9] when sodium tetrakis-[3,5-bis (trifluoromethyl)-phenyl]borate was used as catalyst.

Also Friedel-Crafts type alkylation reactions of carbonium cations with m-methylanisole, o-cresol, and m-dimethoxybenzene were investigated. The carbonium cations were generated in situ by protonation of triphenylmethanol, diphenylmethanol, p-methoxybenzyl alcohol, and a-methylbenzyl alcohol [10].

The conventional synthesis method to obtain this type of pigments is based on arylamides of AS-Naphthols. It uses azo-coupling reactions in alcoholic alkaline solutions. The increased pH favors hydrolysis of amidic group. To avoid this side reaction, pH must be near to neutral. Also in order to increase the solubility of arylamide, the reaction temperature is usually around 60°C. This can lead to the degradation of the diazonium salt [8].

In this paper we present the synthesis of Naphthol AS pigment by reversed phase transfer catalysis, which is an unconventional method. The pigment was characterized by melting point, TLC, UV-Vis, IR, and mass spectrometry.

2. Experimental

2.1. Materials

The solvents nitrobenzene, 1,2-dichloroethane, and toluene (received from Chimopar Bucharest) and the reagents p-Nitroaniline, NaNO2, and HCl 37% were used as received.

The catalyst perfluorooctyl potassium sulfonates (PFOSK+) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich.

2.2. Synthesis Method

A mixture of 0.133 g ( ) 4-nitrobenzenediazonium chloride in 3 mL water, 0.1 g ( ) 3-hydroxy-2-carboxylic acid 2-methyl-anilide in 12 mL nitrobenzene, and 0.01 g perfluorooctyl potassium sulfonates (PFOSK+) as catalyst was used to synthesize Naphthol AS-D pigment by reversed phase transfer catalysis (RPTC) method.

2.3. Spectra Recording

UV-Vis spectra were recorded on a CECIL CE 7200 Spectrophotometer using dimethylformamide solutions of the precursors and products.

FT-IR spectra were recorded on a Jasco FT-IR 4200 spectrometer, using KBr tablets. The melting point was determined using Boetius Apparatus.

Mass spectra were obtained using a mass spectrometer Esquire 6000 ESI (electrospray ionization) from Bruker-Daltonics. The compound was diluted before measurements at 5 pmol/μL in acetonitrile containing 5% ammonia and was injected in electrospray chamber by direct infusion, with a constant flow of 240 μL/h. The mass spectra were obtained in the positive and in the negative modes.

3. Results and Discussion

Naphthol AS-D pigment (Figure 1) was synthesized in our laboratory by reversed phase transfer catalysis (RPTC) method.

RPTC method consists in the transfer of the 4-nitrobenzenediazonium ([O2N-C6H4-NN]+) cation, from aqueous medium into the organic phase (nitrobenzene), where the azo-coupling reaction with 3-hydroxy-2-carboxylic acid 2-methyl-anilide (Naphthol AS-D) takes place as coupling component (Figure 2).

The mixture described in experimental section, was vigorously stirred at room temperature. The color development was very fast and the reaction was stopped when the coupling component was consumed. The reaction was monitored using an aryl-diazonium salt solution on filter paper. During the reaction the dyes precipitated and were isolated by filtration. The yield of this synthesis was 98%.

The influence on the coupling reaction of the ratio water : nitrobenzene and aryl-diazonium salt : coupling component was tested. The optimum ratio water : nitrobenzene was found at 1 : 4. The molar ratio aryl-diazonium salt : coupling component was 2 : 1 (the standard molar ratio aryl-diazonium salt : coupling component is 1 : 1) and the catalyst quantity was kept constant. Other organic phases were tried as well (toluene, 1,2-dichloroethane).

In toluene the reaction proceeded at a lower rate than in nitrobenzene. The formed dye is soluble in dichloroethane, and because of this the separation of the product was more difficult. The coupling reaction was also performed in a biphasic system, in the absence of perfluorooctyl potassium sulfonates. In the reaction mixture an orange color gradually appeared. This indicated that the dye was formed. The purity of dyes was verified by TLC on precoated Kieselgel plates using as eluent mixture benzene:acetone 24 : 1 ( ).

The synthesized compound was characterized by melting point, thin layer chromatography (TLC), UV-Vis spectra, FT-IR spectra (Figure 3), and mass spectrometry spectra (Figures 4 and 5).

The melting point for Naphthol AS-D pigmentis around 196–200°C and its absorption maximum is 505 nm. For performing mass spectra the pigment was diluted before performing the measurement at 5 pmol/μL in acetonitrile.

In the IR spectra (Figure 3) of the obtained pigment the following intense bands of absorption were observed: , characteristic for the azo group, characteristic for the carbonamidic group, , , , .

The mass spectra obtained for this compound presented better results in the negative mode. Moreover, at these concentrations it was possible to obtain MS2 spectra with the used ESI source.

The MS spectrum in the negative mode (Figure 4) presented the molecular peak at m/z 425.

The fragmentation of the molecular peak represents the MS2 spectrum (Figure 5).

From MS2 spectrum several significant fragments were observed, of the quasimolecular peak (m/z 425).

The presence of the peak at m/z 136 in MS2 spectrum may be attributed to the rupture of the N=N bond. It was also shown that the ion m/z 425 could lose the NO2 group. Further, few peaks showed other fragmentations of the initial molecules, as follow, (Scheme 1):(i)[M- - ] = m/z 352,(ii)[M- -C] = m/z 122,(iii)[M- -A] = m/z 292,(iv)[M- -B-NO] = m/z 234,(v)[M- -B- ] = m/z 218.The perfluorooctyl potassium sulfonates (PFOSK+) were found to be essential for the reaction. This may be assumed to the fact that the PFOS anion associates with the 4-nitrobenzenediazonium cation and transports it into organic phase. The reactivity of the aryl-diazonium cation was increased by the minimization of solvent interactions and the coupling reaction takes place. The liberated PFOS anion can transport more aryl-diazonium ions into the organic phase and thus may be regarded as phase transfer catalyst (Scheme 2) [11, 12].


4. Conclusions

All of these results shown in Figures 4 and 5 and in Scheme 1 proved that the assumed structure of Naphthol AS-D pigment was present in the analyzed solution and the synthesis of it was correct. According to the mass spectra, the ionization process was very good in acetonitrile, at the used concentration (5 pmol/μL), in the ESI source. All the observed ions in the mass spectra presented in this paper were singly charged, so the m/z values in all cases were in fact the molecular mass values.


This paper is a result of the project “PhD scholarships—a key component of excellence research." This project is co-funded by the European Social Fund through The Sectorial Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2013, coordinated by the West University of Timisoara in partnership with the University of Craiova and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology-Fraunhofer IISB.


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