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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 871395, 7 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Comparative Study of a New Organic Material 3,4-Diaminobenzophenone Semihydrate

Laboratoire de Matériaux et Cristallochimie, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Tunis El Manar, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia

Received 22 May 2013; Accepted 15 July 2013

Academic Editor: Liviu Mitu

Copyright © 2013 Tarek Ben Rhaiem 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.


The new organic 3,4-diaminobenzophenone semihydrate (34ABPH) is grown by slow evaporation method. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group: C2. The unit cell dimensions are (8) Å, (2) Å, (10) Å, and β = 99.40 (2)° with . The crystal structure analysis reveals that the C13H12N2O molecules chains are organized into a double ribbon in the (b,c) plane. The structural components interact by N–HO and O–HO hydrogen bonds, building up a two-dimensional network. The presence of functional groups in the molecular structure is confirmed by the Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) confirms the presence of the water molecule.

1. Introduction

During the crystallization process it is common that one or more solvent molecules are involved in the structure leading to pseudopolymorphic forms. Sometimes a single molecule can give up to 15 forms between polymorphic and pseudopolymorphic. These different forms are generated by the crystallization conditions (solvent, temperature…). This crystallization phenomenon is very important in the pharmaceutical industry because it directly affects the bioavailability of drugs. In our work we have synthesized and analyzed a new pseudopolymorphic in the diaminobenzophenones family. To go deeper in molecular polymorphism many papers can be found in the literature [1, 2].

The diamine compounds are important in biological active natural products [35] and in medicinal chemistry [6, 7]. They are also used as auxiliaries and chiral ligands in asymmetric catalysis [8]. In this work, a new member of this family, 2C13H12N2O H2O, is presented. Water is a highly versatile component at the interface of organic molecule. In fact, it can act both as a hydrogen bond donor and acceptor. Compared to other solvent molecules it imposes few steric constraints. It is able to establish hydrogen bond networks, occupying less space than the hydrophilic side chains of a protein. Therefore, we performed a brief comparative study between our compound and a similar anhydrous to show the role of the water molecule in the crystal cohesion.

2. Experimental

2.1. Synthesis of (34ABPH)

The crystals of the compound were prepared by slow evaporation at room temperature by mixing 3,4-diaminobenzophenone C13H12N2O (0.47 mmol) with a solution of manganese dibromide MnBr2 (0.23 mmol) in a mixture of ethanol and water (3 : 1 v/v). Few weeks later, yellow crystals were obtained.

2.2. Investigation Techniques

The title compound was studied by various physicochemical methods: X-ray diffraction, DSC, TGA, and IR spectroscopy.

2.3. X-Ray Diffraction

A single crystal was selected using a polarizing microscope in order to perform X-ray diffraction analysis. Reflections intensities data were collected on an Enraf-Nonius CAD4 diffractometer [9] using graphite monochromated MoKα radiation, λ = 0.71073 Å.

2.4. Computing Details

Program used to solve the structure is SHELXS97 [10], program used to refine the structure is SHELXL97 [10], structures projections were drawn with the DIAMOND program version 3.0 [11]. Crystal data and experimental parameters used for the intensity data collection are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1: Crystal data of 2C13H12N2O·H2O.
2.5. Physical Measurements

The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) technique was carried out to confirm the presence of functional groups and to find their vibrational modes. The sample was mixed thoroughly with dried KBr. The spectrum was recorded in the range of 400 to 4000 cm−1 using a Bruker Vector 22 FT-IR spectrometer. The TG curve was recorded on a balance UGINE EYRAUD type B 60. DSC from SETARAM instrumentations can provide further information about phase changes and reactions occurring at elevated temperatures.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Crystal Structure

In accordance with the single crystal X-ray study, the title compound crystallizes as a monohydrate (Figure 1). The molecule is twisted with a dihedral angle of 54.1 (2)° between the 3,4-diaminophenyl and phenyl rings. Bond lengths and angles in the phenyl cycle are within the normal ranges and comparable with those found in homologous diaminobenzophenone [12]. Due to the 2-fold axis passing through the H2O position in the direction, the asymmetric part of the unit cell consists of a C13H12N2O molecule and a half water molecule. The nitrogen atoms of the amine groups are in a trigonal pyramidal configuration (sum of valence angles is 354.1° for N1 and 328° for N2) and deviate from phenyl plane, respectively, by–0.076 (4) Å and 0.0041 (2) Å. Conjugation between the nitrogen unshared electron pair and the π system of the phenyl fragment leads to a shortening of the N1–C11 bond (1.384 (3) Å) and N2–C12 bond (1.402 (4) Å) relatively to the standard length of a purely single N–Csp2 bond (1.43–1.45 Å) [13, 14]. On the other hand, the C1–C2 bond (1.480 (4) Å) is longer than its neighbour C1–C8 (1.476 (4) Å). This is probably due to the electron delocalisation at the C8 side of the molecule (Figure 1).

Figure 1: The molecular structure of the title compound, showing the atom numbering scheme. Displacement ellipsoids are drawn at the 50% probability level, and H atoms are shown as small spheres of arbitrary radii. Symmetry code: (i) −x, y, −z.

The crystal structure analysis reveals that the C13H12N2O molecules chains are organized into a double ribbon in the ( ) plane. These planes are connected in pairs by intermolecular hydrogen bonds O2–H11 O1 and N1–H1A (symmetry code: (ii) −x, y, −z – 1) (see Figure 2 and Table 2).

Table 2: Hydrogen bond geometry (Å, °).
Figure 2: The crystal packing of the title compound, viewed along the b-axis showing the N–H N/O and O–H O interaction (dotted lines).

Each water molecule is surrounded by four organic molecules C13H12N2O and linked to the carboxyl group and the amine radical (Figure 3). The sequence of the organic entities C13H12N2O and the water molecules is provided by hydrogen bonds N–H O and O–H O. A two-dimensional network ensures the cohesion and the structure stability.

Figure 3: The role of water in the packing stabilization. H atoms not involved in hydrogen bonding (dashed lines) have been omitted for clarity. Displacement ellipsoids are drawn at 50% probability level. Symmetry codes: (i) −x, y, −z; (ii) x, y − 1, z; (iii) x, y + 1, z; (iv) −x, y − 1, −z.

Before making any structural comparison it is necessary to standardize the networks of the two structures. Simply make a change in the mark of the second orthorhombic structure C13H12N2O (4,4′-diaminobenzophenone [12]).

Compared to the anhydrous form (4,4′-diaminobenzophenone [12]), the title compound structure exhibits several common properties (cell parameters range, absence of centrosymmetry, and structural arrangement). On the other hand, the addition of two water molecules per unit cell increases the volume cell of about 80 Å3. 40 Å3 would be the volume occupied by a single water molecule in this type of structural arrangement. Furthermore, the water molecule seems to be lowering the crystal symmetry and enhancing the crystal cohesion by increasing the hydrogen bonds density.

The alignment of the water molecules along (a) and (c) axes induces their expansion compared to those of the anhydrous structure {a: 24.306 (2) to 28.703 (8) Å (18%)} and {b: 8.1110 (7) to 8.7076 (10) Å (7%)}. The title compound b parameter narrowing is probably due to the molecules closeness in the network further to the presence of the hydrogen bonds around the water molecule (Table 3).

Table 3: The crystallographic parameters of C13H12N2O and 2C13H12N2O·H2O.

To learn more about the water role in the structure and as published earlier [15], the anhydrous 3,4-diaminobenzophenone exhibits powerful properties in the analysis of oligonucleotides by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. It will be interesting to know if the semihydrated form (the title compound) will have comparable behavior or not. Similar work is planned.

3.2. IR Spectroscopy

The infrared (IR) spectroscopy is one of the major physical methods for investigating molecular structure. Figure 4 shows the recorded IR spectrum of the title compound.

Figure 4: Experimental IR spectrum of compound 2C13H12N2O H2O.

Based on the previous literature results and the theoretical simulation of IR spectrum, the large band centred around 3600 cm−1 is attributed to the stretching modes of O–H radicals. The bands located at 3380 cm−1 and 3190 cm−1 might be assigned to the asymmetric and symmetric stretching modes of N–H in the amine group, and the out-of-plane bending mode of this group is probably responsible for the band at 1447 cm−1. The bands centred at 3000 cm−1 could be attributed to the stretching vibration of the =C–H bonds in the aromatic group. The typical stretching band of carboxyl group (>C=O) is shown at 1728 cm−1. However, the range of bands between 1550 and 1700 cm−1 is attributed to the stretching vibration of the aromatic group (C=C). Finally, the bands between 500 and 1150 cm−1 are probably the result of the bending vibration of the (=C–H) and (NH2) groups.

3.3. Theoretical IR Spectroscopy

The semiempirical parameterized model number 3 (PM3) treatment used by “CAChe” [16] program allows the IR vibrational frequencies calculations. On the other hand, the observed bands assignment becomes easier by comparing the observed frequencies and those calculated. Figure 5 shows the IR calculated spectrum after an optimisation of the molecular configuration. This model is very close to the obtained one by the structural investigations. The main observed vibrational bands are identified in the calculated one (see Table 4).

Table 4: Calculated and experimental IR bands.
Figure 5: Calculated IR spectrum of compound 2C13H12N2O H2O.
3.4. Morphology of (34ABPH)

The crystal morphology is a key element in many industrial processes and has an enormous impact at the processing and postprocessing stages of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, and cements. The morphology of crystalline solids influences their physical properties. Crystal morphology can alter the dissolution rate of chemicals and bioavailability of drugs and mechanical properties such as filtration, grinding, dusting and handling, and packaging and storage of crystalline products.

The Bravais-Friedel-Donnay-Harker (BFDH) laws [17, 18] are strictly based on the symmetry of the crystal lattice to generate an ordered list of possible growing faces. The view of the observed and calculated crystal morphologies reveals a similarity between the two shapes (see Figures 6 and 7). This examination is used to assign the crystal growth axe as the (001) and to identify the crystallographic axis and the physical ones.

Figure 6: Predicted morphology of 2C13H12N2O H2O. Growth shape from BFDH rules.
Figure 7: Images of the growth morphologies of 2C13H12N2O H2O.
3.5. Thermal and Calorimetric Analysis

Calorimetric and thermal studies were carried out to investigate the thermal behaviour of the studied phase. Both techniques were used under controlled atmosphere and led to complimentarily results.

3.5.1. Differential Scanning Calorimetry

The DSC curve obtained in the temperature range of [50°C, 350°C] and under nitrogen atmosphere reveals two endothermic phenomena (Figure 8). The first one happening at 80°C is due to the compound dehydration. The second one at 140°C is probably due to the departure of ammonia and carbon dioxide as shown by the TGA investigations.

Figure 8: DSC curve of 2C13H12N2O H2O.
3.5.2. Thermogravimetric Analysis

The thermogravimetric curve analysis of the title compound (Figure 9) was obtained with heating rate of 50°C h−1, under argon atmosphere in temperature range (25°C−300°C). It shows two mass losses. The first happening at 80°C was attributed to the departure of the water molecule (theoretical value: 4.09%). The second mass loss beginning around 140°C can be explained by the departure of four ammonia and two carbon monoxide molecules result of the product decomposition (theoretical value: 28.02%).

Figure 9: TG curve of 2C13H12N2O H2O.

4. Conclusion

We have synthesized in the present work a new organic compound 2C13H12N2O H2O. A single crystal X-ray diffraction was carried out in order to solve the structure and to perform structural analysis. This compound has been characterized by IR vibrational spectroscopy. The semiempirical PM3 treatment allows the IR vibrational frequencies calculations. The observed crystal morphology was compared to the simulated one obtained by the Bravais-Friedel, Donnay-Harker model. Calorimetric and thermal studies were carried out to investigate the thermal behaviour of the studied phase. Photoluminescence tests are planned to value this compound.


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