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Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening


ISSN (Print): 1386-2073
ISSN (Online): 1875-5402

Research Article

A Simple and Efficient Synthesis of 4-Arylacridinediones and 6-Aryldiindeno[1,2-b:2,1-e]pyridinediones using CuI Nanoparticles as Catalyst under Solvent-Free Conditions

Author(s): Shahrzad Abdolmohammadi*, Saman Dahi-Azar, Mahdieh Mohammadnejad and Akram Hosseinian

Volume 20 , Issue 9 , 2017

Page: [773 - 780] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1386207320666171002123027

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Aims and Objectives: The importance of acridine core structure and other heterocycles containing its framework is well known, as they are found in numerous compounds with a variety of biological effects. Pyridine is also an important solvent and heterocyclic nucleus for the design and synthesis of novel molecules with biological properties. It occurs in several natural compounds which are used as a precursor in agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. The utility of nanostructured metal salts because of their small size and high surface area as catalysts in organic synthesis has drawn special attention due to their better properties such as slower reaction rate, reusability of the catalyst, and higher yields of products compared to the bulk size. Nanosized copper iodide is one reusable Lewis acid catalyst which has revealed several catalytic activities for the synthesis of organic compounds and others. As part of our recent study to develop heterocyclic syntheses using nanostructured catalysts, we now report an efficient and clean synthetic route to 4-arylacridinediones and 6-aryldiindeno[1,2-b:2,1-e]pyridinediones via a condensation reaction catalyzed by CuI nanoparticles under solvent-free conditions.

Materials and Methods: The present work deals with the condensation reaction of aromatic aldehydes, ammonium acetate and active methylene compounds comprising dimedone or 1,3- indanedione in the presence of a catalytic amount of the synthesized CuI nanoparticles could be applied for the solvent-free preparation of 4-arylacridinediones and 6-aryldiindeno[1,2-b:2,1- e]pyridinediones at 70 °C within 60 min.

Results: A series of 9-aryl-3,3,6,6-tetramethyl-3,4,6,7,9,10-hexahydro-1,8(2H,5H)-acridinediones and 6-aryldiindeno[1,2-b:2,1-e]pyridine-5,7-diones were synthesized in high to excellent yields via a simple one-pot three-component coupling reaction using the synthesized CuI nanoparticles as an efficient and recyclable catalyst. All synthesized compounds were well characterized by their satisfactory elemental analyses, IR, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The synthesized catalyst was fully characterized by XRD, TEM and SEM techniques.

Conclusion: A solvent-free condensation between aromatic aldehydes, ammonium acetate and active methylene compounds comprising dimedone or 1,3-indanedione, in the presence of CuI nanoparticles as an efficient and recyclable catalyst leads to the formation of 4-arylacridinediones and 6-aryldiindeno[1,2-b:2,1-e]pyridinediones. This novel and practical approach has a number of advantages for instance, the condensation itself is solvent-free, the total amount of solvent used in the whole process is significantly decreased, the yields of pure products are high to excellent without any by-products, the catalyst is reusable, and the work-up is very simple.

Keywords: 4-Arylacridinediones, 6-aryldiindeno[1, 2-b:2, 1-e]pyridinediones, CuI nanoparticles (CuI NPs), dimedone, 1, 3- indanedione, reusability of catalyst, solvent-free conditions.

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