International Journal of Organic Chemistry
Vol.06 No.01(2016), Article ID:64503,8 pages

Synthesis of α-Naphthol and 2,4,7-Trimethyl-Quinolin-5-ol by Using Manganese (III) Acetate and Analysis of Its Antimicrobial Properties

Gülderen Uysal Akkuş

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Art and Science, Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

Copyright © 2016 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 7 February 2016; accepted 11 March 2016; published 15 March 2016


This study involves the aromatization reactions of some ketone derivatives through Manganese (III) acetate. The ketone derivatives used in the study are α-tetralone (1a), 2,4,7-trimethyl-7,8- dihydro quinolinone (1b). At the end of the aromatization reactions of these ketone derivatives the synthesized structures of α-naphthol (2a), 2,4,7-trimethylquinoline-5-ol (2b) were identified by spectroscopic methods such as IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, FAB-MS respectively. Micro-organism types such as Escherichia coli, ATCC 25922, Klepsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus NRRL B767, Salmonella typhimurium NRRLB 4420, Bacillus subtilis NRS 744, Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778, Micrococcus luteus ATCC-9341, Listeria monoaytopenus ATCC-7644 bacteria and yeast fungus Candida albicans were used to study the anti-microbial properties of the synthesized 2b compound. The obtained results have determined that compound number 2b has a good antibacterial impact on Bacillus subtilis (NRS-744).


Manganese (III) Acetate, Biological Activity, Radical Reaction, Aromatic, Ketone

1. Introduction

Major developments have taken place in the area of reactions with free radicals during recent years in parallel with the developments in technology and laboratory tools and equipment. The present usage area of free radicals has expanded rather comprehensively. This is why there has been a significant increase in the number of scientific studies involving free radicals [1] -[4] . The main usage areas are organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and the chemistry of complex natural products. This usage will be observed in more comprehensive areas in the near future. According to the recent studies carried out in the area of radicality it has emerged that the use of radicals can be controlled [5] -[8] . These results encourage chemists to study free radicals in a more accurate and controlled way.

The most widely used transition metal complexes in studies are Mn(OAc)3, Cu(OAc)2, Pb(OAc)4, Fe(ClO4)3. The free radical reactions catalyzed by these complexes are among the most notable reactions. The similarity in reactivity in spite of the fundamental differences in the structures of these metal complexes is noteworthy. These results show that the mechanism and method of the realized reactions are the same. Among them Mn(OAc)3 is the most frequently used catalyst in free radical chemistry. The reason for this is that Mn(OAc)3 has a moderate degree of reactivity and a high degree of selectivity.

Particularly from the end of the 1960’s to date Mn(OAc)3, various carbonyl compounds such as β-diketones, acetoacetamides, β-keto esters, acyl acetonitriles, mercapto ketones are used widely to establish carbon centered radicals [9] -[13] .

The initial studies carried out with Manganese (III) acetate involved the generation of lactone and dilactone from alkenes, the oxidation of substituted aromatic compounds and addition reactions. In subsequent years the radical cyclization reactions between Mn (III) and the alkenes of 1,3-dioxo compounds (malonic ester, acetylacetone, etc.) have been studied in detail. Furthermore the addition-cyclization reactions of enolizable 1,3-dicar- bonile compounds through Manganese (III) acetate have been studied [14] -[20] .

No studies carried out with Mn(OAc)3 for the aromatization of tetralones have been encountered in a review of previous studies in literature. Therefore, the aromatization of Mn(OAc)3 with some ketone derivatives was carried out to synthesize 1-naphthol, 6-methoxy-1-naphthol and 2,4,7-trimethyl quinolinole compounds. Furthermore the biological activity properties of the synthesized compounds were tested.

2. Experimental

2.1. Materials

A Gallenkamp brand melting point tester was used to determine the melting point. 1H NMR spectrums with CDCl3 were obtained with Bruker DPX 400 MHz spectrophotometer and TMS was used as a standard. Chemical shift values (δ) in the NMR spectrum were indicated as ppm. IR spectrums were obtained from the Perkin Elmer 1605 FTIR System Spectrum BX spectrophotometer in the form of KBr discs. Element analyses were executed with Elementar CHNS apparatus. The mass spectrums (FAB-MS m/z) of the compounds were taken with a Varian MAT 312 brand spectrometer.

Thin layer chromatography (TLC) was carried out by using aluminum plates coated with a silica gel layer (SiO2, Merck 60 F254). Silica gel 60 (Merck, particle size (60 - 43 µm) was used in column chromatography studies. All chemical reactive substances were of a commercial purity and obtained ready for use from Merck or Fluka.

All microorganism strains were obtained from the Culture Collection of Microbiology Laboratory of Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.

2.2. Synthesis

2.2.1. Synthesis of Compound 2a

A double necked 250 ml flask with a fitted dean stark apparatus is filled with a mixture of KMnO4 (3 mmol; 0.474 g) 100 mL benzene-acetic acid (10:1) solution. The solution is boiled in a condenser until the KMnO4 which is purple turns brown. At the end of this process the reaction mixture is evaporated to remove the benzene. α-tetralon (1 mmol; 0.146 g) is added onto the Manganese(III)acetate remaining in the reaction flask and the flask is fitted with the condenser and boiled. The reaction is monitored with TLC and the boiling procedure continues until the initial substance is completely gone. When the initial substance has transformed completely into a product the reaction is halted and cooled until ambient temperature is achieved. Subsequently the reaction mixture is diluted with ether and neutralized with NaHCO3. The separated organic phases are combined and dried with anhydrous Na2SO4 and concentrated under vacuum. The crude product is purified with a flash chromatograph (hexane: ethyl acetate). Yield: 0.12 g (85%), E.n: 91˚C - 92˚C. IR: 3340 cm−1 (OH). 1H NMR (CDCl3): δ 5.42 (br s, 1H, OH), 6.82 (d, 1H, J = 7.4 Hz, CH), 7.34 (t, 1H, J = 7.4 Hz, CH), 7.48 - 7.61 (m, 3H, CH), 7.85 - 7.91 (m, 1H, CH), 8.22 - 8.25 (m, 1H, CH). 13C NMR (CDCl3), δ (ppm): 120.7, 121.4, 124.3, 125.3, 125.8, 126.4, 127.6, 134.7, 151.2. FAB-MS m/z: 145.06 [M+H]+. Anal. Calculated C, 83.31; H, 5.59. Found: C, 79.03; H, 5.22.

2.2.2. Synthesis of Compound 2b

A double necked 250 ml flask with a fitted dean stark apparatus is filled with a mixture of KMnO4 (3 mmol; 0.474 g) 100 mL benzene-acetic acid (10:1) solution. The solution is boiled in a condenser until the KMnO4 which is purple turns brown. At the end of this process the reaction mixture is put into an evaporator to remove the benzene. 2,4,7-trimethyl-7,8-dihydro quinolinone (1 mmol; 0.189 g) is added onto the Manganese (III) acetate remaining in the reaction flask and the flask is fitted with the condenser and boiled. Compound number 2c is achieved by the reaction which incurs when the methods and procedures explained above are carried out. Yield: 0.08 g (43%). E.n: 151˚C. IR: 3420 cm−1 (OH). 1H NMR (CDCl3): δ 2.15 (s, 3H, CH3); 2.70 (s, 3H, CH3); 2.93 (s, 3H, CH3); 6.93 - 7.22 (m, 3H, ArH); 8.12 (br s, 1H, OH). 13C NMR (CDCl3), δ (ppm): 20.2, 24.6, 104.4, 113.6, 121.2, 136.3, 138.3, 147.3, 152.7, 159.7. FAB-MS m/z: 188.10 [M+H]+. Anal. Calculated C12H13NO (187.10): C, 76.98; H, 7.00; N, 7.48. Found: C, 75.53; H, 6.32, N, 7.02.

2.3. Antimicrobial and Antifungal Effects Studies

2.3.1. Chemicals and Microbial Test Strains

Compound 2b prepared as a 50% (w/v) stock solution chloroform, the resulting solution was passed through the membrane filters for the separation of particulate structures. A number of fungal and bacterial isolates were kindly obtained from Afyon Kocatepe University, Faculty of Molecular Biology and Genetics Department. The hospital isolates of bacteria were identified by Phonix BD automatic identification system (Phoenix, BD, USA) [21] . These bacteria were used to determine the anti-microbial activity.

2.3.2. Staining and Observation

Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus NRRL-B 767, Salmonella typhimurium, Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778, Bacillus subtilis NRS 744 bacteriums and Maya candida fungus were developed within NA (Nutrient agar). Microscope observations were made using a Nikon Eclipse E200 microscope.

2.3.3. Determination of Antimicrobial Activity

The antibacterial activity of Compoun 2b was assessed against bacteria species: Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus NRRL-B 767, Salmonella typhimurium, Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778, Bacillus subtilis NRS 744 bacteriums and Maya candida fungus. Antimicrobial activity was determined by using disc diffusion method [22] . Solvent was used as negative control. Ceftriaxone was used as positive controls. All tests were repeated in triplicater. Bacterial isolates were grown in Mueller-Hinton broth for 24 hours, swabbed evenly onto the surface of Mueller-Hinton agar using sterile cotton swabs, and allowed to dry. Impregnated filter paper disks (100 μL) (Difco) placed on the surface of each plate for each isolate and then incubated at 37˚C for 24 hours. Inhibition zones were then measured to the nearest millimeter. Inhibition zones were indicated by a lack of microbial growth due to inhibitory [23] .

3. Results and Discussion

In recent years many studies have been carried out in which Manganese (III) acetate is used as a catalyzer. Some of the studies on this issue are summarized as follows:

Yılmaz et al. (2012) interacted 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds with cyclic and non-cyclic structures with substituted conjugated alkenes in an environment of Mn (OAc) 3/AcOH and synthesized 4,5-dihydrofurans with good yields [18] .

Yuan et al. (2011) used 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds and substituted vinyl cyclopropane manganese (III) acetate oxidative cyclization reaction to synthesize appropriate functional dihydrofuran derivatives [24] .

In a study carried out by Biermann, U. et al. (2013) the reaction of adding azitin radicality to the C=C double bonds of unsaturated fatty acids such as methyl oleate and methyl 10-undecanoate in a manganese (III) acetate medium was studied [19] .

Lopchuk et al. (2013) studied the addition of radicality into methylene and methylene compounds activated by a manganese (III) acetate medium with 2-cyanoindole and N-methyl-2-cyanoindole compounds. Subsequently these compounds were subjected to an additional oxidation reaction and their structures were irradiated with x-ray crystallography method [25] .

In their study Demir et al. (2010) synthesized biphenyl and biphenyl compounds of a hetero structure producing high yield with the microwave method in a Manganese (III) acetate medium by exiting aryl bocacic acid [26] .

Yılmaz and Pekel (2005) carried out a study in which the reactions of β-diketones with branched alkenes in a manganese (III) acetate medium were studied and the results are displayed in table 2.3. Although dihydrofurans were obtained from 1,2-diphenyl substituted alkenes with low yields it is evident that 1,1-diphenyl substituted alkenes provided dihydrofurans with rather high yields [27] .

Haque and Nishino (2012) carried out a study conducted in temperate conditions to study the direct oxidation reactions of 3-alkyl-substituted 2,4-pyrrolidones using manganese (III) acetate. This reaction provided 3-hy- droperoxy pyrrolidine-2,4-diones with quantitative yield [28] .

Referring to previous studies carried out with Manganese (III) acetate it is apparent that there are two substituents in the reaction and that as a catalyst manganese (III) acetate appears to accelerate the reaction. A comparison of this study with previous studies reveals that the difference between the studies is that in this study the manganese (III) acetate is incorporated directly into the ketone compound and the structure is transformed into an aromatic state which is more stable.

Ketone derivatives α-tetralone (1a), 2,4,7-trimethyl-7,8-dihydro quinolinone (1b) were used for this purpose (Figure 1). The reaction mechanism is given schematically in Figure 2.

Figure 1. Ketone derivatives used in a Mn(III)acetate medium in aromatization reactions.

Figure 2. The aromatization reaction mechanism of ketones in the medium manganese (III) acetate.

3.1. Synthesis

In the synthesis phase of the study manganese (III) acetate was obtained for the time according to literature [29] . KMnO4 was diluted in acetic acid-benzene for this. Subsequently the solution was boiled under a dean stark apparatus until the purple color of potassium permanganate turned brown. Benzene was removed under reduced pressure from the cooled reaction mixture after which 1 mmol of α-tetralone was added without any further purification to the flask. A condenser was attached to the flask and boiling was resumed.

The reaction was monitored with thin layer chromatography. The boiling procedure was continued under the condenser until the initial material had disappeared completely. When the initial material had disappeared completely the reaction mixture was cooled to room temperature, diethyl ether was added and the mixture was neutralized with NaHCO3. The resulting crude product hexane: α-naphthol (2a) was obtained by purification with a flash chromatography in an ethyl acetate medium.

Compound 2a was obtained with 0.12 g (with 85% yield). Melting point 91˚C - 92˚C. 1H NMR spectrum results are interpreted as follows; broad singlet peak in 5.42 ppm reveals the presence of an OH group in the structure. The peaks observed in the 6.82, 7.34, 7.48, 7.85, 8.22 ppm zones belong to the aromatic protons in the structure. Out of the IR spectrum results of the compound a broad band in 3340 cm−1 band displays the presence of an OH group in the structure. Furthermore the absence of a peak in zone 1720 cm−1 indicates that the C=O group belonging to the ketone group is absent which provides the most important proof that a reaction had taken place.

The synthesis of 2,4,7-dimethyl quinoline-5-ol (2b) compound was carried out according to the method mentioned above. Accordingly, manganese (III) acetate was obtained after KMnO4 was dissolved in acetic acid-benzene and boiled under the condenser device fitted with a dean-start apparatus. Subsequently 1 mmol of 2,4,7-trimethyl 7,8-dihydro quinolinone (1b) was added and the boiling was continued under the condenser. In accordance with the method explained above the reaction mixture was cooled to room temperature, diethyl ether was added and the mixture was neutralized with NaHCO3. The resulting crude product hexane: 2,4,7-trime- thylquinoline-5-ol (2b) was synthesized by purification in a flash chromatography in an ethyl acetate medium with a yield of 43%.

The 1H NMR spectrum results for compound 2b are as follows; the singlet peaks in 2.15, 2.70, 2.93 ppm belong to the CH3 groups in the structure. The multiple peaks in the 6.93 - 7.22 ppm zone belong to the aromatic protons in the structure. The formation of an OH group was revealed by the broad band in 3420 cm−1 in the IR spectrum results of the compound as was the case for the first compound. At the same time the absence of a band around 1720 cm−1 belonging to the C=O group indicates that the ketone group in the structure has disappeared and that a reaction has occurred.

The synthesized compounds and the yield % and the reaction times are presented in a table (Table 1).

3.2. Study of Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties

The 2,4,7-dimethyl quinoline-5-ol (2b) obtained in this study determined whether the compound had antibiotic properties in terms of various microorganisms. Micro-organism types Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Klepsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus MRRL B767, Pseudomanas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium NRRLB 4420, Bacillus subtilis NRS 744, Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778 bacteria which are very common and Maya candida albicans fungus were used.

Disk diffusion method was used to measure the antimicrobial property of the compound. To do this empty sterile 6 mm diameter disks were absorbed with the saturated solution of compound 2b (25 µL). The bacterial cultures were left to incubate at 37˚C. Subsequently the bacterial suspensions were inoculated with sterile cotton swabs into petri dishes with an agar medium. After the cultivation of the bacteria the prepared disks were placed on the surface of the medium. They were kept at room temperature for half an hour and subsequently incubated at 37˚C for 24 hours. If the compound is toxic microbial development around the sample will be inhibited and the reproduction of the micro-organisms is halted and zones will be formed. The width of these zones established by diffusion are indicators of the antibacterial or antifungal impact of the sample [22] . The diameters of these zones have been measured with a ruler at the end of the growth period and are given in a table [23] (Table 2).

According to the results produced by antimicrobial studies; it was determined that in comparison with standard drugs such as Ceftriaxone (CRO) compound 2b had an antimicrobial affect on all G(−) bacteria. The highest

Table 1. Substituted 1-naphthol and 2,4,7-trimethyl quinoline-5-ol compounds.

Table 2. Antimicrobial impact of compound 2b (zone diameters, mm).

Compound concentrates: 25 μL/disk; (−) sign indicates that the compounds have no impact against micro-organisms. Ceftriaxone (CRO) was used as a positive control, ND: not determined.

impact was observed with Salmonella typhimurium (NRRLB-4420) with 12 mm. This was followed by Klepsiella pneumoniae and Proteus vulgaris with 10 mm. Similarly this compound had a microbial impact on G(+) bacteria. The highest microbial impact among the tested micro-organisms was observed with Bacillus subtilis (NRS-744) (19 mm) and this was followed by Stapylococus aureus (NRRL-B 767) with 17 mm, Micrococcus luteus (ATCC-9341) with 13 mm and Listeria monoaytopenus (ATCC-7644) with 10 mm. It was observed that this compound had an antimicrobial impact on Candida albicans which is a type of fungus. According to these achieved results it can be asserted that this compound generates a biological activity on both bacteria as well as yeasts. In conclusion it can be asserted that compound 2b can be used in antibiotic studies against many bacteria.


I gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Afyon Kocatepe University Research Fund (Project No: 12.FENED.03). I also express my thanks to Dr. S. Elif Korcan from Molecular Biology and Genetics Department for biological activity studies.

Cite this paper

Gülderen UysalAkkuş, (2016) Synthesis of α-Naphthol and 2,4,7-Trimethyl-Quinolin-5-ol by Using Manganese (III) Acetate and Analysis of Its Antimicrobial Properties. International Journal of Organic Chemistry,06,12-19. doi: 10.4236/ijoc.2016.61002


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