Microwave-induced one-pot Synthesis of Coumarins Using Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate as a Catalyst Under Solvent-free Condition
Microwave-induced one-pot Synthesis of Coumarins Using Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate as a Catalyst Under Solvent-free Condition
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2011. Jun, 55(3): 486-489
Copyright © 2011, The Korean Chemical Society
  • Received : February 28, 2011
  • Accepted : April 04, 2011
  • Published : June 20, 2011
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Kirti S. Niralwad
Bapurao B. Shingate
Murlidhar S. Shingare

Potassium dihydrogen phosphate was found to be an efficient catalyst for the Pechmann condensation of phenols with ethyl acetoacetate, leading to the formation of coumarins under microwave-irradiation and solvent-free condition. This procedure offers several advantages, including the low loading of catalysts, high yields, clean reactions, short reaction time for the synthesis of coumarins.
Coumarins, the most important classes of fluorescent molecules, constitute important structural features present in a number of bioactive natural products. The heterocycles derived from these intermediates have also been tested for their potential as anti-HIV, 1 anti-inflammatory, 2 anticonvulsant, 3 anti-viral, 4 anti-coagulant, 5 antioxidant, 6 antibacterial, 7 antifungal, 8 anti-carcinogenic material 9 and antihistamine. 10
Coumarins are an important group of organic compounds and can be used for the preparation of coumarino-α-pyrones, coumarino-g-pyrones, furocoumarins, chromenes, coumarones and 2-acylresorcinols. 7-Hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin acts as a starting material for the preparation of the insecticide Hymecromone. 6-Bromocoumarins are useful synthetic intermediates for various pharmaceuticals and active compounds. 11 - 13
Coumarins have been synthesized by several routes including Pechmann, 14 Perkin, 15 Knoevenagel, 16 Reformatsky 17 and Wittig 18 reactions.
The Pechmann reaction is simple and straight forward employing β-keto esters and substituted phenols together with an acid catalyst. In the past, strong acids like H 2 SO 4 , 14 P 2 O 5 , 19 AlCl 3 , ZnCl 2 , 20 TFA, 21 ionic liquids, 22 sulfated zircon, 23 indium halides, 24 CuPy 2 Cl 2 , 25 palladium 26 and ammonium metavanadate 27 have been used. However, many of these methodologies suffer from the drawback of green chemistry and have been associated with several short comings such as long reaction times, expensive reagents, low product yields and difficulty in recovery and reusability of the catalysts. These shortcomings certainly demand the search for a safe, more convenient and efficient method.
Now a day, it is shown that the use of solid acidic catalysts has gained importance in organic synthesis due to several advantages such as, operational simplicity, no toxicity and ease of isolation after completion of the reaction. In the current study, the commercially available catalyst potassium dihydrogen phosphate having pH 4.2-4.7 is used as a catalyst but its scope has not been fully explored. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate can be used as buffer, neutralizing agent, sequestrate, yeast food and also as an efficient heterogeneous acid catalyst. 28 Recently, Gill & his co-workers have reported the synthesis of á-hydroxyphosphonates using potassium dihydrogen phosphate 29 under solvent-free condition. Owing to the numerous advantages associated with this cheap and non hazardous catalyst, we have considered Potassium dihydrogen phosphate to be an ideal heterogeneous acid catalyst for the synthesis of coumarins. Herein, we would like to report the facile and eco-friendly methodology for the synthesis of coumarins under solvent-free condition and microwaveirradiation.
Organic synthesis in dry media, eventually under microwave (MW) irradiation is presently under extensive examination. The relatively low cost of modern domestic microwave ovens makes them readily available to academic and industrial chemists and the use of such nonconventional reaction conditions reveals several features such as: a short reaction time compared to conventional heating, reduction of the usual thermal degradation and better selectivity. 30 Furthermore, microwave-assisted reactions under solvent-free conditions provide access to work with open vessels and to scale up reactions. 31
In this communication, we report for the first time a facile and efficient synthetic strategy for preparing coumarins in very short reaction time with excellent yield using potassium dihydrogen phosphate as a catalyst under solventfree condition and microwave-irradiation.
All starting materials and reagents were commercially available and used without further purification. All the melting points were taken in an open capillary and are uncorrected. The progress of the reactions was monitored by thin layer chromatography (TLC). IR spectra were recorded on Perkin-Elmer FT-IR spectrophotometer in KBr disc. 1 H NMR spectra were recorded on mercury plus Varian spectrometer at 400 MHz in DMSO-d 6 as a solvent and chemical shift values are recorded in units δ (ppm) relative to tetramethylsilane (Me 4 Si) as an internal standard.
- General procedure
Synthesis of compounds (3a-j): A mixture of substituted phenol (1 mmol), ethyl acetoacetate (1 mmol) and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH 2 PO 4 ) (10 mol%) were placed in a beaker. The mixture was irradiated under microwave-irradiation, the progress of the reaction was monitored by TLC. After completion, the reaction mixture was poured into ice cold water (50 mL) and extracted with ethyl acetate (25 × 2 mL), which was then dried over Na 2 SO 4 and the solvent was evaporated under reduced pressure to obtain the pure coumarins ( 3 ). The products 3(a-j) were confirmed by comparisons with authentic samples, IR, 1 H NMR, mass spectra and melting point. Spectral data of principal compounds. 27
As a part of our ongoing research devoted to the development of useful synthetic methodologies, 32 - 34 using solid acid catalyst and microwave irradiation techniques, herein we report an efficient and practical method for the synthesis of coumarins using potassium dihydrogen phosphate which makes use of mild catalyst under solvent-free condition and microwave-irradiation ( 1 ).
In the first examination, we have performed the different reaction conditions on model reaction. The result revealed that, when the reaction was carried out at stirring and heating condition it gave lower yield of product even after prolonged reaction time. But at the same time when the reaction was carried out under microwave-irradiation we got the excellent yields of product in short span ( 1 ).
We have also carried out the model reaction in microwave at different powers, it was found that if reaction carried out without microwave irradiation it takes more reaction time (30 min) with negligible yield (20%). As increase in the power (100, 200, 300, 400 W), there is increase in yield with decrease in reaction time still at 400 W, but future that there is no significant change observed at 600 W. Hence, we satisfied over 400W and done all derivatization at 400 W.
After optimizing the various powers of microwave, the generality of this method was examined by the reaction of substituted phenols and ethyl acetoacetate using potassium dihydrogen phosphate as a catalyst under microwave-irradiation, the results are shown in 3 . Here, we have found that many phenols, such as resorcinol, 4-hydrxy phenol, 3-methoxy phenol, 3-aminophenol could be converted to corresponding coumarins in good yields (entries 3a-3c & 3f-3j). The reactivities of 3-methylphenol and 1-naphthol seem to be inferior as compared with that of the former (entries 3d, 3e), only 82% and 85% of the yields were obtained, respectively.
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Optimization of model reaction3aat different reaction conditiona
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aReaction condition: 1 (1 mmol), 2 (1 mmol) and KH2PO4 (10 mol%). bIsolated yields
Effect of microwave-irradiation powers for the synthesis of coumarinsa
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aReaction conditions: 1 (1 mmol), 2 (1 mmol) and KH2PO4 (10 mol%). bIsolated yields
Synthesis of coumarins catalyzed by potassium dihydrogen phosphate under microwave-irradiationa
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aReaction conditions: 1 (1 mmol), 2 (a-j)(1 mmol), catalyst (10 mol%). bIsolated yield. All the compounds characterised by their spectroscopy method 1H NMR, Mass, IR and melting point and compare to their authentic sample
The synthesized compounds were compared (MS, NMR, and IR) with compounds that were prepared by using the literature method. 27 This comparison revealed that the compounds synthesized by this newly developed method were exactly similar in all aspects to the reference compounds. The developed methodology is simple with good to excellent yields.
Spectral Data for representative compounds: 4-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one(3a): IR (KBr) 1056, 1240, 1547, 1720, 3015 cm -1 ; 1 H NMR (400MHz, CDCl 3 ) δ 2.43 (s, 3H), 6.30 (s, 1H), 7.22-7.44 (m, 3H), 7.46 (d, J = 6.0 Hz, 1H); MS: m/z 160.9 (M+1).
4-methyl-2H-benzo[h]chromen-2-one (3e): IR (KBr) 1044, 1230, 1565, 1715, 3010 cm -1 ; 1 H NMR (400MHz, CDCl 3 ) δ 2.40 (s, 3H), 6.37 (s, 1H), 7.30-7.65 (m, 4H), 8.2 (d, J = 9.0 Hz, 1H), 8.50 (d, J = 9.0Hz, 1H); MS: m/z 211.1 (M+1).
7-methoxy-4-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one(3f): IR (KBr) 1080, 1223, 1542, 1710, 3055 cm -1 ; 1 H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl 3 ) δ 2.30 (s, 3H), 3.70 (s, 3H), 6.22 (s, 1H), 6.79 (s, 2H), 7.65 (d, J = 8.7 Hz, 1H); MS: m/z 191.1 (M+1).
7-hydroxy-4,8-dimethyl-2H-chromen-2-one(3j): IR (KBr) 1465, 1609, 1682, 3146, 3464 cm -1 ; 1 H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl 3 ) δ 2.16 (s, 3H), 2.36 (d, J = 1.2 Hz, 3H), 6.15 (d, J = 1.2 Hz, 1H), 6.87 (d, J = 8.8 Hz, 1H),7.45 (d, J = 8.5 Hz, 1H), 10.2 (s, 1H); MS: m/z 191.0 (M+1).
In conclusion, the present method is very simple, mild and efficient for the synthesis of coumarin. This method offers several advantages, including the low loading of catalysts, high yields, clean reactions, short reaction time for the synthesis of coumarins. We believed that, microwave-assisted synthesis of coumarins using potassium dihydrogen phosphate as a catalyst promoted methodology will be a valuable contribution in the field of chemistry as compare to the existing processes.
The authors are thankful to University Grant Commission, New Delhi, for awarding the fellowship and to The Head, Department of Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431 004, MS, India for providing the laboratory facility.
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