Synthesis and Characterization of a Series of 1-Aryl-4-[aryldiazenyl]- piperazines. Part I. Isomers of N-(2,3-Dimethylphenyl)-N’-(Aryldiazenyl)- Piperazines



Chenguang Fan, Keith Vaughan*
Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, Canada


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Abstract

This paper describes the synthesis of several new series of 1-(2-aryldiazen-1-yl-) 4-arylpiperazines and 1-(2- aryldiazen-1-yl-)4-arylalkylpiperazines by using diazonium coupling between arenediazonium ions with the appropriate 1-arylpiperazine or the 1-arylalkylpiperazine. The new compounds have a common thread in that they are isomers of the series of N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)- N’-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines. The new triazenes have been characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

Keywords: Arylpiperazine; diazonium ion, 1-(2,3-dimethylphenyl-)piperazine, IR spectroscopy, Mass spectrometry, 1-(2- methylphenylmethyl-)piperazine, 1-(3-methylphenylmethyl-)piperazine, 1-(4-methylphenylmethyl-)piperazine, NMR spectroscopy, piperazine, triazene.



INTRODUCTION

Previous work in this laboratory has described the synthesis of the 1,4-bis-(2-aryl-diazen-1-yl-)piperazines (1)[1, 2] using the bis-diazonium coupling reaction with piperazine itself (equation (i)):



In a similar fashion, diazonium coupling with 1-methylpiperazine afforded a series of 1-(2-aryldiazen-1-yl-)4-methylpiperazines (2a) [3](equation ii):

Subsequently, this work was extended to the synthesis of the 1-(2-aryldiazen-1-yl-) 4-ethylpiperazines (2b) [4]. Further investigation led to the synthesis of a large number of 1-(2-aryldiazen-1-yl-)4-acylpiperazines (2c); the paper describing these latter results has recently been published [5]. The next logical step in the pursuit of new molecules ofthe N-aryldiazenylpiperazines is to investigate the synthesis of the1-aryl-4-[aryldiazenyl] -piperazines (2d) by diazonium salt coupling with a series of 1-arylpiperazines.

In the present work, a series of N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-N’-(aryl-diazenyl)-piperazines (3) have been synthesized by diazonium coupling with N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl-)piperazine. These new triazenes represent the first ever piperazine derivatives to be reported with one N-aryl substituent at N4 opposite to the N-aryldiazenyl substituent at N1. The common thread of all the new compounds reported in this paper is that they are isomers of the compounds of series 3.


Isomeric compounds described as 1-(methylphenyl-methyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (4 , 5 and 6) have also been prepared and characterized:


Also the isomer methyl 4-[2-1]benzoate (7) has been prepared and characterized.


EXPERIMENTAL

Materials and Apparatus

The series of aromatic primary amines and the series of 1-arylsubstituted-piperazines were reagent-grade materials purchased from the Aldrich Chemical Co. Ltd., and were used without further purification. Melting points were determined on a Fisher-Johns Melting Point Apparatus and were uncorrected. Infrared spectra were obtained using nujol mulls on a Bruker Vector-22 IR spectrometer. 1H and 13C NMR spectra were obtained on Bruker AC 250MHz and 500MHz spectrometers at the Atlantic Regional Magnetic Resonance Center at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chemical shifts were recorded in CDCl3 solutions at room temperature, and were related to TMS internal standard. The NMR data were interpreted using the TOPSPIN software. The high resolution mass spectra were obtained at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Accurate mass measurements were made on a CEC 21-110B mass spectrometer operated at a mass resolution of 8000 (10% valley) by computer-controlled peak matching to appropriate PFK reference ions. Spectra were obtained using electron ionization at 70 volts and a source temperature of 175℃, with samples being introduced by means of a heatable quartz probe. The standard deviation of mass measurement is +/- 0.0008 amu, which is an average of 3.6 ppm over the mass range 100 to 300 amu.

General Procedure

The aromatic primary amine (0.006 mol) was dissolved in 6 mL of 3 mol/L hydrochloric acid, with the aid of heat if necessary, and the resulting solution cooled in an ice salt bath to below 5 ºC. The solution was diazotized with a solution of sodium nitrite (0.006mol) in 3mL water, with the temperature maintained below 5 ºC. Then, the solution was stirred for a further 30 min in the ice bath. A piperazine solution was prepared by mixing the 1-aryl-piperazine (0.005 mol) with 10 mL water; if necessary, a few drops of a dilute hydrochloric acid solution was added to get the arylpiperazine to dissolve. Then, the piperazine solution was added slowly to the diazonium salt solution. After stirring for an additional 30 min, the mixture was neutralized with a saturated sodium bicarbonate solution and then left to stir until precipitation was deemed to be complete (~1 hour). The solid product was filtered under suction, dried, and recrystallized from an appropriate solvent. Physical data (i.e. yield, m.p., recrystallization solvent) and spectroscopic analysis data (i.e. FT-IR, NMR, and high resolution MS data) were collected.

Synthesis of Series of N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-N’-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (3)

The compounds of series 3a-f were prepared following the general procedure described above. However, during the experiments, there was a problem which may have affected the results. The diazo coupling reaction took place in an aqueous solution. One of the major starting materials, 1-(2,3-Xylyl)-piperazine monohydrochloride was not completely dissolved in water at room temperature even when extra hydrochloric acid was added. It could be dissolved in water with heat, but the reaction system had to be cooled all the time as described in the general procedure. Thus, the low solubility of the 1-(2,3-Xylyl)-piperazine may have limited the completion of the reaction. Nevertheless, the 1-(2,3-Xylyl)-piperazine monohydrochloride in water may have an equilibrium between the dissolved sample and the undissolved sample, when the dissolved 1-(2,3-Xylyl)-piperazine has been used in the reaction, then more of the undissolved piperazine will be dissolved in water. Nevertheless, the longer reaction time may have served to overcome the effect of this factor, as evident in the high yields of compounds of series 3 reported in Table 1.

Table 1.

Physical data for the N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-N’-(aryl-diazenyl)-piperazines (3).


No X Crude Mp (℃) Recryst. Crystal IR (cm-1)
yield Solv. Appearance
(%)
3a p-CN 87.3% 147-148 Ethanol Red-brown 2220(CN)
Needles 848(para)
785&724
(1,2,3-trisub)
3b p-CO2CH3 63.7% 155-157 Ethanol Small orange 1714(C=O)
Plates 1275(C-O)
856(para)
780&724
(tri-sub)
3c p-Br 100.0% 103-103.5 Ethanol Fibrous 833(para)
Off-white 782&719
Plates (tri-sub)
3d p-CH3 81.8% 132-132.5 Ethanol Needles 828(para)
788&723
(tri-sub)
3e p-NO2 100.0% 152-155 Ethanol Red-brown 1507 &
Needles 1341(NO2)
851(para)
787&721
(tri-sub)
3f H 57.7% 102-102.5 Ethanol Lustrous 697 & 763
Gold plates (mono-sub)
788&724
Table 2.

Physical data for series of 1-(4-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (4).


Crude Recryst. Crystal
No. X yield mp(℃) Appearance IR (cm-1)
(%) Solv.
(tri-sub)
4a p-CN 99.6% 83-89 (a) Dull orange 2225(CN)
Powder 842&784(para)
Hexanes & Fibrous 1707(C=O)
Pale yellow 1274(C-O)
4b p-CO2CH3 95.7% 118-119 cyclohexane Needles 827&799(para)
4c p-Br 70.6% 91-92 Isopropanol Pale yellow 832&801(para)
Needles
Pink
4d p-CH3 70.2% 93-94 Isopropanol Plates 827&790(para)
lustrous 1509 &
4e p-NO2 90.5% 124-125 Ethanol Red-brown 1379(NO2)
needles 848&795(para)
Off-white 695 & 765
4f H 93.2% 94.5-95.5 Isopropanol Needles (monosub)
798(para)

(a) This compound was soluble in a variety of solvents, but it did not recrystallize from any of them.

Table 3.

Physical data for series of 1-(2-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (5).


Overall Recryst. Crystal
No. X yield mp(℃) Solvent IR (cm-1)
(%) appearance
Iso- Off-white 2218(CN)
5a p-CN 47% 73-74 Propanol prisms 840(para)
745(ortho)
Iso- Pale pink 1714(C=O)
Propanol Needles 1274(C-O)
859(para)
5b p-CO2CH3 52% 97.5-98.5 746(ortho)
5c p-Br 35% 65-66 Ethanol Lustrous 830(para)
Brown plates 744(ortho)
Ethanol Red-brown 1509 &
Prisms 1378(NO2)
853(para)
5d p-NO2 66.5% 92.5-93 745(ortho)
Hexanes Fibrous 693 & 761
5e H 72% 71-73 (a) Pale yellow (mono-sub)
Prisms 743(ortho)

(a) By trituration

Table 4.

Physical data for series of 1-(3-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (6).


Crude Recryst. Crystal
No. X yield mp(℃) appearance IR (cm-1)
(%) Solv.
6a Pale orange 2220(CN)
p-CN 90% 105-106 iso-propanol Needles 841(para)
783 and 696(meta)
6b Lustrous 1710(C=O)
Flesh-colored 860(para)
p-CO2CH3 93% 82-83 ethanol Plates 775 & 698 (meta)
6c Tiny buff 829(para)
p-Br 87% 77-78 Iso-propanol Colored
Needles 777 & 695 (meta)
6d Pink 823(para)
p-CH3 62% 85-86 Iso-propanol Needles 781 & 696 (meta)
Tiny 1514 &
6e Red-brown 1376(NO2)
Needles 853(para),
p-NO2 94% 82-83 Iso-propanol 781 & 694(m)
Table 5.

Physical data for Methyl 4-[2-(4-phenethylpiperazino)-1-diazenyl]benzoate (7).


Crude Mp Recryst. Crystal
No. X yield appearance IR (cm-1)
(%) (℃) Solv.
1722(C=O)
1278(C-O)
Creamy white 859(para)
7a 699&774
p-CO2CH3 97.1% 98-99 Ethanol prisms (mono-sub)
Table 6.

1H NMR Data for compounds 3a-f; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Ha Hb CH3 X
6.92(1H,d,J=8.0Hz)
6.96(1H,d,J=7.5Hz)
3a p-CN 7.10(1H,t,J=7.7Hz) 4.03(4H,br) 3.05(4H,br) 2.29(3H,s)
7.52(2H,d,J=8.5Hz)
7.62(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) 2.30(3H,s)
6.94(1H,d,J=8.0Hz)
6.97(1H,d,J=7.5Hz)
3b p-CO2CH3 7.12(1H,t,J=7.5Hz) 4.02(4H,br) 3.06(4H,br) 2.29(3H,s) 3.92(3H,s)
7.52(2H,d,J=8.0Hz)
8.05(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) 2.31(3H,s)
6.93(1H,d,J=7.7Hz)
6.96(1H,d,J=6.5Hz)
3c p-Br 7.11(1H,t,J=7.5Hz) 3.95(4H,br) 3.05(4H,t,J=5.1Hz) 2.29(3H,s)
7.35(2H,d,J=9.0Hz)
7.48(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) 2.30(3H,s)
6.89(1H,d,J=7.3Hz)
6.91(1H,d,J=6.5Hz)
3d p-CH3 7.06(1H,t,J=7.7Hz) 3.88(4H,br) 3.01(4H,t,J=5.0Hz) 2.25(3H,s) 2.32(3H,s)
7.13(2H,d,J=8.1Hz)
7.34(2H,d,J=8.3Hz) 2.26(3H,s)
6.93(1H,d,J=8.3Hz)
6.97(1H,d,J=10.5Hz)
3e p-NO2 7.12(1H,t,J=7.5Hz) 4.07(4H,br) 3.07(4H,br) 2.29(3H,s)
7.55(2H,d,J=9.0Hz)
8.23(2H,d,J=8.75Hz) 2.31(3H,s)
6.90(1H,d,J=8.0Hz)
6.91(1H,d,J=7.5Hz)
3f H 7.06(1H,t,J=7.8Hz) 3.92(4H,br) 3.01(4H,t,J=5.0Hz) 2.25(3H,s)
7.16(1H,t,J=7.4Hz)
7.33(2H,t,J=8.2Hz)
7.44(2H,d,J=7.4Hz) 2.26(3H,s)
Table 7.

1H NMR Data for 4a-f; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Ha Hb CH2 CH3 X
4a p-CN 7.11(2H,d,J=7.8Hz) 3.84(4H,br) 2.56(4H,br) 3.51(2H,s) 2.31(3H,s)
7.19(2H,d,J=7.9Hz)
7.43(2H,d,J=8.6Hz)
7.55(2H,d,J=8.6Hz)
7.12(2H,d,J=7.8Hz)
4b p-CO2CH3 7.20(2H,d,J=7.9Hz) 3.83(4H,t, 2.56(4H,t, 3.51(2H,s) 2.32(3H,s) 3.86(3H,s)
7.43(2H,d,J=8.5Hz)
7.98(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) J=5.2Hz) J=6.3Hz)
7.11(2H,d,J=7.8Hz)
4c p-Br 7.19(2H,d,J=7.9Hz) 3.76(4H,t, 2.55(4H,t, 3.51(2H,s) 2.31(3H,s)
7.27(2H,d,J=8.8Hz)
7.40(2H,d,J=8.7Hz) J=5.3Hz) J=5.2Hz)
7.13(2H,d,J=8.0Hz)
4d p-CH3 7.14(2H,d,J=7.4Hz) 3.76(4H,t, 2.57(4H,t, 3.53(2H,s) 2.33(3H,s) 2.34(3H,s)
7.23(2H,d,J=8.0Hz)
7.33(2H,d,J=8.3Hz) J=5.3Hz) J=5.2Hz)
7.12(2H,d,J=7.9Hz)
4e p-NO2 7.20(2H,d,J=7.9Hz) 3.88(4H,br) 2.58(4H,br) 3.52(2H,s) 2.32(3H,s)
7.47(2H,d,J=9.1Hz)
8.16(2H,d,J=9.1Hz)
4f H 7.22(2H,d,J=7.9Hz) 3.78(4H,t, 2.58(4H,t, 3.53(2H,s) 2.34(3H,s)
7.32(2H,t,J=7.8Hz)
7.41(2H,d,J=8.2Hz) J=5.2Hz) J=5.2Hz)
7.17-7.13(3H,m)
Table 8.

1H NMR Data for 5a-e; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Ha Hb CH2 CH3 X
5a p-CN 7.24(1H,d,J=7.3Hz) 3.83(4H,t, 2.58(4H,br) 3.51(2H,s) 2.36(3H,s)
7.45(2H,d,J=8.7Hz)
7.56(2H,d,J=8.7Hz) J=4.75Hz)
7.21-7.14(3H,m)
7.24(1H,d,J=7.2Hz)
5b p-CO2CH3 7.43(2H,d,J=8.7Hz) 3.81(4H,t, 2.57(4H,t, 3.50(2H,s) 2.40(3H,s) 3.89(3H,s)
7.97(2H,d,J=8.7Hz) J=5.2Hz) J=5.2)
7.21-7.17(3H,m)
5c p-Br 7.27(1H,d,J=7.1Hz) 3.77(4H,t 2.59(4H,t, 3.53(2H,s) 2.39(3H,s)
7.30(2H,d,J=8.8Hz)
7.43(2H,d,J=8.8Hz) J=5.2Hz) J=5.2Hz)
7.17-7.10(3H,m)
7.26(1H,d,J=7.2Hz)
5d p-NO2 7.49(2H,d,J=9.0Hz) 3.89(4H,br) 2.61(4H,br) 3.54(2H,s) 2.39(3H,s)
8.18(2H,d,J=9.0Hz)
7.21-7.15(3H,m)
5e H 7.25(1H,d,J=7.0Hz) 3.75(4H,t, 2.57(4H,t, 3.50(2H,s) 2.36(3H,s)
7.30(2H,t,J=7.9Hz)
7.40(2H,d,J=8.4Hz) J=5.2Hz) J=5.3Hz)
7.18-7.12(4H,m)
Table 9.

1H NMR Data for 6a-e; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Ha Hb CH2 CH3 X
7.10(1H,d,)
6a p-CN 7.15(2H,m) 3.89(4H,t, 2.60(4H,br) 3.55(2H,s) 2.36(3H,s) -
7.23(1H, dd)
7.47(2H,d) J=5Hz)
7.59(2H,d)
7.09(1H,d)
7.14(1H,d)
7.16(1H,br)
7.22(1H,dd)
6b 7.46(2H,d)
p-CO2CH3 8.01(2H,d) 3.87(4H,t) 2.59(4H,t) 3.54(2H,s) 2.36(3H,s) 3.89(3H,s)
6c p-Br 7.27(1H,d,J=7.1Hz) 3.79(4H,t) 2.58(4H,t) 3.53(2H,s) 2.35(3H,s) -
7.30(2H,d,J=8.8Hz)
7.43(2H,d,J=8.8Hz)
7.17-7.10(3H,m)
7.08(1H,d)
7.13(4H,m)
6d p-CH3 7.22(1H,t)
7.33(2H,d) 3.77(4H,t) 2.58(4H,t) 3.53(2H,s) 2.33(3H,s) -
7.09(1H,d)
6e 7.15(2H,m)
p-NO2 7.23(1H,d) 3.92(4H,br) 2.62(4H,br) 3.56(2H,s) 2.35(3H,s) -
7.49(2H,d)
8.18(2H,d)
Table 10.

1H NMR Data for 7a; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Ha Hb CH2(I) CH2(II) X
8.01(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) 3.89(4H,t,
7a p-CO2CH3 7.46(2H,d,J=8.5Hz) J=7.5Hz) 2.67(4H,br) 2.83(2H,t,J=8.0Hz) 2.68(2H,t,J=8.0Hz) 3.89(3H,s)
7.28(2H,t,J=7.5Hz)
7.21(2H,d,J=7.5Hz)
7.20(1H,t,J=7.0Hz)
Table 11.

13C NMR Data for 3a-f; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Piperazine I Piperazine II Me1 Me2 X
3a p-CN 153.8, 150.8, 138.3, 51.6 (a) 20.6 13.9 108.6(CN)
133.1, 131.4
126.0, 125.8, 121.2,
119.4, 116.8
3b p-CO2CH3 154.1, 150.9, 138.2,
131.4, 130.6 (b) (a) 20.6 13.9 51.9(OMe)
127.2, 126.0, 125.7, 167.0(C=O)
120.5, 116.9
3c p-Br 151.0, 149.4, 138.2, 51.7 (a) 20.6 13.9
131.9, 131.4
125.9, 125.6, 122.3,
119.3, 116.8
3d p-CH3 151.1, 148.2, 138.1,
135.9, 131.3 51.7 47.9 20.6 13.9 21.0(Me)
129.5, 125.9, 125.5,
120.6, 116.8
3e p-NO2 155.5, 150.7, 145.2,
138.3, 131.4 (a) (a) 20.6 13.9
126.0, 125.8, 124.9,
120.8, 116.9
3f H 150.7, 150.1, 137.8, 51.4 48.9 20.3 13.5
130.9, 128.5
125.8, 125.5, 125.1,
120.4, 116.4

(a) Not detected

(b) Masked by O-methyl carbon signal

Table 12.

13C NMR Data for 4a-f; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


No. X Aromatic Piperazine I Piperazine II CH2 CH3 X
4a p-CN 153.5, 136.7, 51.0(br) (a) 62.1 20.7 108.0(CN)
134.1, 132.6
128.7, 128.7,
120.7, 119.0
153.8, 136.6,
4b p-CO2CH3 134.2, 130.2 52.0(br) (a) 62.1 20.7 51.5(OMe)
128.7, 128.7, 166.7(C=O)
126.7, 119.9
4c p-Br 149.5, 136.9, 52.2 48.0(br) 62.5 21.1
134.6, 131.8
129.1, 129.0,
122.2, 119.1
148.2, 136.9,
4d p-CH3 135.8, 134.8 52.3 47.4(br) 62.6 21.1 21.0(Me)
129.5, 129.1,
129.0, 120.5
155.6, 145.0,
4e p-NO2 137.1, 134.4 52.3(br) (a) 62.4 21.1
129.1, 129.0,
124.8, 120.7
4f H 150.5, 136.9, 52.2 48.0(br) 62.5 21.1
134.7, 129.1
129.0, 128.9,
126.0, 120.7

(a) Not detected

Table 13.

13C NMR Data for 5a-e; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


Piperazine
No. X Aromatic Piperazine I II CH2 CH3 X
5a p-CN 153.9,137.6,135.8, 52.2(br) (a) 60.7 19.3 108.4(CN)
133.1, 130.5
129.9,127.5,125.7,
121.2, 119.5
154.2,137.6,135.9,
5b p-CO2CH3 130.6, 130.4 52.4(br) (a) 60.7 19.2 51.9(OMe)
129.9,127.4,127.1, 167.1(C=O)
125.6, 120.4
5c p-Br 149.2,137.3,135.6, 52.0(br) (a) 60.4 18.9
131.5, 130.1
129.5,126.9,125.2,
121.9, 118.7
155.6,145.0,137.6,
5d p-NO2 135.7, 130.5 52.2(br) 43.0(br) 60.6 19.2
129.9,127.4,125.6,
124.8, 120.7
5e H 150.6,137.7,136.1, 52.2(br) (a) 60.7 19.0
130.4, 129.8
128.9,127.3,126.1,
125.6, 120.7

(a) Not detected

Table 14.

13C NMR Data for 6a-e; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


Piperazine Piperazine
No. X Aromatic I II CH2 CH3 X
6a p-CN 153.8, 138.0, 137.5, 52.1(br) (a) 62.75 21.4 108.4(CN)
133.0, 129.8
128.3, 128.1, 126.2,
121.1,119.4
154.1, 138.0, 137.6,
6b p-CO2CH3 130.6,129.8 52.3(br) (a) 62.8 21.4 51.9(OMe)
128.73,128.0,127.0, 167.0(C=O)
126.2,120.4
6c p-Br 149.5, 138.0, 137.7, 52.3 (a) 62.8 21.4 -
131.8,129.8
128.3, 128.1, 126.2,
122.3,119.1
148.2, 137.9, 137.7,
6d p-CH3 135.8,129.8 52.4 47.4(br) 62.9 21.4 21.0(Me)
129.5, 128.2, 128.0,
126.2,120.5
155.6, 145.1,
6e p-NO2 138.1, 128.3 52.7(br) 51.6(br) 62.7 21.4 -
128.2, 126.2,
124.8, 120.7

(a) Not detected

Table 15.

13C NMR Data for 7a; chemical shifts in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3.


Piperazine Piperazine
No. X Aromatic I II CH2(Ⅰ) CH2(Ⅱ) X
153.6,139.5,
7a p-CO2CH3 130.1, 128.2 51.4 (a) 59.6 33.2 51.9(OMe)
127.9,126.7, 166.5(C=O)
125.7, 119.9

(a) not detected

Table 16.

High-resolution electron-ionization mass spectral (EI-MS) data for 3a-f.


No. X Molecular Calculated Experimental
Formula Mass Mass
3a p-CN C19H21N5 319.1797 amu 319.1785 amu
3b p-CO2Me C20H24N4O2 352.1899 amu 352.1914 amu
Formula Mass Mass
3c p-Br C18H21N4Br 372.0949 amu 372.0957 amu
3d p-CH3 C19H24N4 308.2001 amu 308.1994 amu
3e p-NO2 C18H21N5O2 339.1695 amu 339.1702 amu
3f H C18H22N4 294.1844 amu 294.1830 amu
Table 17.

High-resolution electron-ionization mass spectral (EI-MS) data for 4a-f.


No. X Molecular Calculated Experimental
Formula Mass Mass
4a p-CN C19H21N5 319.1797 amu 319.1803 amu
4b p-CO2Me C20H24N4O2 352.1899 amu 352.1896 amu
4c p-Br C18H21N4Br 372.0949 amu 372.0952 amu
4d p-CH3 C19H24N4 308.2001 amu 308.1997 amu
4e p-NO2 C18H21N5O2 339.1695 amu 339.1708 amu
4f H C18H22N4 294.1844 amu 294.1853 amu
Table 18.

High-resolution electron-ionization mass spectral (EI-MS) data for 5a-e.


No. X Molecular Calculated Experimental
Formula Mass Mass
5a p-CN C19H21N5 319.1797 amu 319.1791 amu
5b p-CO2Me C20H24N4O2 352.1899 amu 352.1892 amu
5c p-Br C18H21N4Br 372.0949 amu 372.0963 amu
5d p-NO2 C18H21N5O2 339.1695 amu 339.1683 amu
5e H C18H22N4 294.1844 amu 294.1845 amu
Table 19.

High-resolution electron-ionization mass spectral (EI-MS) data for 6a-e.


No. X Molecular Calculated Experimental
Formula Mass Mass
6a p-CN C19H22N5 320.1876 amu 320.1857 amu
6b p-CO2Me C20H24N4O2Na 375.1797 amu 375.1791 amu
6c p-Br C18H22N4Br 373.1028 amu 373.1022 amu
Formula Mass Mass
6d p-CH3 C19H24N4Na 331.1899 amu 331.1893 amu
6e p-NO2 C18H22N5O2 340.1774 amu 340.1767 amu
Table 20.

High-resolution electron-ionization mass spectral (EI-MS) data for 7a.


No. X Molecular Calculated Experimental
Formula Mass Mass
7a p-CO2Me C20H24N4O2 352.1899 amu 352.1890 amu

Synthesis of the Series of 1-(4-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (4)

Following the general procedure described above, the experiments were performed in half scale due to the limit of the amount of starting materials. The same substituents of the aromatic amine were applied; the physical and IR data of the final products for this series are given in Table 2.

Synthesis of the Series of 1-(2-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (5)

The procedure follows the general procedure in the first several steps, until the mixture was neutralized with saturated sodium bicarbonate solution. After the neutralization, a sticky precipitate formed, which was isolated by filtration. The mother-liquor was stored in a fridge. In some cases, a further batch of solid product was isolated from the mother liquor after several days; the second batch was combined with the first batch for the purification. The oily sticky solid was dissolved in dichloromethane and transferred into an Erlenmeyer flask which then was placed in a fume hood for overnight or longer to allow the solvent to evaporate completely. The resulting sticky solid was dissolved in a minimum volume of the appropriate hot solvent (e.g. Ethanol) and then cooled slowly. The crystalline solid was precipitated, then filtered under suction and air dried. Physical data (i.e. yield, m.p., recrystallization solvent) and IR spectroscopic data are given in Table 3.

Synthesis of Series of 1-(3-methylbenzyl)-4-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines (6)

Following the general procedure described above for series 3, the synthesis of the compounds of series 6 were performed in half scale due to the limit of the amount of starting materials. The same substituents of the aromatic amine were applied; the physical and IR data of the final products for this series are given in Table 4.

Synthesis of Methyl 4-[2-1]benzoate (7)

The synthetic procedure follows the general procedure described above. Due to the limited amount of the 1-(2-phenylethyl)-piperazine available, only one substituted aromatic amine (p-CO2CH3) was applied to the synthesis. The physical data is shown in Table 5.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Synthesis

The N-aryl-N’-(2-aryl-1-diazenyl-)piperazines (3 to 7) were synthesized by diazotization of an aromatic primary amine (ArNH2) in hydrochloric acid, followed by coupling of the diazonium ion with the appropriate N-arylpiperazine or N-arylalkylpiperazines. Most of the crude products were obtained in good yield (57-100%) with the exception of compound 5c. The compounds were purified by recrystallization in high recovery.

Infrared Spectral Analysis

The significant diagnostic results of the Infrared spectra of the new compounds are shown in Table 1 to Table 5. All of the compounds show out-of-plane bending vibration modes of the substituted benzene rings. The para-disubstituted benzene ring, which is present in most of the compounds, except 3f, 4f, and 5e, show out-of-plane bending vibration modes in the range of 825-859 cm-1. Compounds 3f, 4f, and 5e involve a monosubstituted benzene ring, which show two out-of-plane bending vibration modes in the ranges of 693-697 cm-1 and 761-765 cm-1. The N-aryl group, which is attached on the piperazine ring in 3a-f, is a 1,2,3-trisubstituted benzene ring system. Predictably this ring system shows two out-of-plane bending vibration modes in the ranges of 719-724 cm-1 and 780-788 cm-1. The aryl group, which is linked to the piperazine ring in 4a-f, is a para-disubstituted benzene ring, which shows one out-of-plane bending vibration band in the range of 784-801 cm-1. The aryl group, which is connected to the piperazine ring in 5a-e, is an ortho-substituted benzene ring. Compounds 5a-e show one ortho-substituted out-of-plane bending vibration band in the range of 743-746 cm-1. The monosubstituted benzene ring, which joined with the piperazine ring in 7a, shows two out-of-plane bending vibration bands at 699 and 744 cm-1. The carbonyl group of the ester group, which is present in compounds 3b, 4b, 5b, 6b and 7a, shows a stretching vibration band in the range of 1707-1722 cm-1. In the same compounds, carbon oxygen single bond stretching bands of the ester groups were in the range of 1274-1278 cm-1. Nitrile group stretching vibration bands were observed in 3a, 4a, 5a and 6a in the range of 2218-2225 cm-1. Nitro groups, which were contained in 3e, 4e, 5d and 6e, show symmetric stretching vibration modes in the range of 1341-1379 cm-1 and asymmetric stretching vibration modes in the range of 1507-1509 cm-1.

1H NMR Spectroscopic Analysis

The 1H NMR results are shown in Table 6 to Table 10. These results are expressed as chemical shift in ppm relative to TMS(1%) at room temperature in CDCl3. All of the compounds contained two benzene rings; the aromatic signals appeared in the range of δ 8.23-6.90 with a coupling constant (J) in the range of 7.0-9.0 Hz. One of the two benzene rings was initially from aniline derivatives, which are most of the para-substituted anilines except 3f, 4f, and 5e; such that they show two doublet peaks characteristic of an AA’BB’ system in the range of aromatic protons. The highest chemical shift peaks are always due to the two equivalent aromatic protons which are close to the triazene subunit. Some aromatic protons were not resolved due to overlapping peaks in the range of δ 7.20-6.90. The starting material, the aryl piperazine, was studied by NMR spectroscopy as a model compound to distinguish the protons in the two aryl groups, and the protons on the aryl group were matched with the same proton in the final triazene product in an approximate range.


The most significant peaks are the methylene protons on the piperazine ring protons Ha and Hb (see schematic [iii] above). As shown in tables 6 to 10, Ha has a higher chemical shift than that of Hb. due to the closer proximity of Ha to the triazene subunit. In general, the methylene protons are represented by two triplet peaks each integrating for 4H. However, some of the triplet peaks were not resolved resulting in broad peaks, especially for Ha. Such observation was due to the restricted rotation of the nitrogen-nitrogen single bond in the triazene subunit [6]. The Ha protons have representative peaks in the range of δ 4.07-3.75 with integration for 4H and coupling constants in the range of 4.8-5.3 Hz for the resolving triplet peaks. The Hb protons have representative peaks in the range of δ 3.07-2.55 with coupling constants in the range of 5.1-6.3 Hz for the resolving triplet peaks. Signals arising from the substituents on the benzene ring are consistent with the substituents present, such as the O-methyl protons arising as singlets in the range δ 3.08 -3.92 in the spectra of 3b, 4b, 5b, 6b and 7a. The ethylene bridge linking the piperazine and aryl rings in compound 7a is manifested by two 2H triplet peaks at δ 2.68 ppm and δ 2.83 ppm with a coupling constant J = 8.0 Hz. The full analysis of the 1H spectrum of 7a was complicated by the coincidence of the signals of Ha and the O-methyl protons at 3.89 ppm and the (considerable overlap of the triplets of CH2 (II) and proton Hb.

13C NMR

The structures of all new compounds have been investigated by 13C NMR spectroscopy (see Tables 11 to 15). For compounds 3a-f, there are ten magnetically non-equivalent aromatic carbon atoms in each molecule. The aromatic carbons resonate in the range of δ 116-155 ppm. The mono- or para-substituted benzene ring has four magnetically non-equivalent carbon atoms, since two carbon atoms on the ortho position are magnetically equivalent and the same goes for the two carbon atoms on the meta position. The 1,2,3-trisubstituted benzene ring has six carbon atoms that are all magnetically non-equivalent. The carbon atoms in the piperazine ring were often difficult to resolve due to the dynamic equilibrium in the triazene moiety. The carbon atoms in the piperazine ring are represented by the two peaks (both are usually broad peaks, if observed) in the range of δ 52.4-43.0 ppm. The two methyl groups on the 1,2,3-trisubstituted benzene ring were represented by the two peaks in the ranges of δ 20.6-20.3 ppm and δ 13.9-13.5 ppm. The nitrile group carbons resonate at δ 108.6 ppm. The carbonyl carbon in the ester subunit was represented by a peak at δ 167.0 ppm; the methyl group in the ester group was represented by a peak at δ 51.9 ppm. In 3d, the p-tolyl methyl group resonates at δ 21.0 ppm.


For the compounds 4a-f, there are two benzene rings, one mono-substituted and one para-disubstituted. Therefore, there are eight magnetically non-equivalent aromatic carbons in each compound, which are represented by eight peaks in the range of δ 155.6-119.0 ppm. For the piperazine carbons and the substituents on the aniline derivatives, chemical shifts similar to those seen previously in compounds 3a-f were observed. The two carbons linked to the aryl group, in which the aryl group is attached to the piperazine ring, is represented by two peaks in the ranges of δ 62.6-62.1 ppm and δ 21.1-20.7 ppm. The carbons of the methylene groups between the benzene ring and the piperazine ring resonate in higher frequency (δ 62.6-62.1 ppm).

For the compounds 5a-e, there are ten magnetically non-equivalent aromatic carbons for each compound, which include six carbons from the ortho substituted benzene ring and four carbons from the para- or mono-substituted benzene ring. The ten aromatic carbons resonated in the range of δ 155.6-118.7 ppm. All other carbons located in the piperazine ring and the substituents have similar chemical shifts as described previously for compounds 3a-f.

For the compounds 6a-e, there are ten magnetically non-equivalent aromatic carbons for each compound, which include six carbons from the meta substituted benzene ring and four carbons from the para- or mono-substituted benzene ring. The ten aromatic carbons resonated in the range of δ 155.6-118.7 ppm. All other carbons located in the piperazine ring and the substituents have similar chemical shifts as described previously for compounds 3a-f.

For the compound 7a, eight magnetically non-equivalent aromatic carbons were involved in each compound, due to the fact that the two benzene rings were para- and mono-substituted rings. The two methylene groups between the benzene ring and the piperazine ring were represented by two peaks at δ 59.6 and δ 51.4 ppm. The higher chemical shift accounts for the methylene group linked to the piperazine ring. All the other carbons in the molecule resonated in the reasonable range as described previously for compounds 3a-f.

MASS SPECTRAL ANALYSIS

The high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) results are shown for all new compounds in Tables 16 to 20. Mass spectroscopy (MS) is an important tool in synthetic organic chemistry, especially high resolution MS. Although MS can be used to predict the conformation of the molecule by matching the peaks to the small fragments of the molecule, the MS results can not be used because it is not capable of distinguishing the isomers in this project. The main use of the MS is to provide the evidence of the formation of the target molecule by matching the actual molecular weight with the experimental molecular ion mass. In the high resolution MS, the results were obtained with the standard deviation of +/-0.0008 amu. According to the MS results, all the molecular ions have been found in the spectra and matched with the actual mass of the molecule within the standard deviation.

CONCLUSION

The series of isomers of N-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-N’-(aryldiazenyl)-piperazines were prepared in this study. The physical data of all the compounds were measured. All the compounds were extensively characterized through infrared, NMR, and mass spectral analysis. It is always interesting to speculate on the potential applications of new compounds like those reported in this paper. The new 1-aryl-4-[aryldiazenyl]-piperazines (2d) have the potential to undergo thermal cleavage under appropriate conditions to provide a route to unsymmetrically substituted N-aryl-N’-arylpiperazines (8). In a previous report [7], it was shown that the synmmetrical 1,4-bis-(2-aryldiazen-1-yl-)piperazines (1) undergo thermal cleavage in acetic acid to afford symmetrical N,N’-diarylpiperazines. The analogous reaction of 2d would afford the unsymmetricaly substituted piperazines (8) thus:

Further work in this laboratory will be undertaken to try to make this idea a reality.

Aryldiazenylpiperazines have also been utilized as a means to the immobilization of a diazonium ion by covalent linkage to piperazine attached to a (Merrifield-)resin. The resin bound 1-aryldiazenyl)piperazine was used as a substrate for a Wallach reaction with hydrogen [18F]fluoride to produce radio-labelled 2-fluorophenyl phenyl ether [8].

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors confirm that this article content has no conflict of interest.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors are grateful to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a Discovery Grant to the principal author (KV). We are also grateful to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at Saint Mary’s University for a Summer Research Award to Chenguang Fan. We are also grateful to the Atlantic Region Magnetic Resonance Centre at Dalhousie University for providing NMR spectra, and to Dalhousie University for providing mass spectral data. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Mike Lumsden for assistance with the NMR spectral data, and Mr. Xiao Feng for assistance with mass spectra.

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