Authors: SÜLEYMAN GÖKSU, METİN TANSU UĞUZ, HASAN ÖZDEMİR, HASAN SEÇEN
Abstract: 5,6-Dimethoxynaphthalene-2-carboxylic acid was synthesized in 7 steps and with an overall yield of 46%. Bromination of 2-naphthol, and methylation with dimethyl sulfate followed by Friedel-Crafts acylation with AcCl gave 2-acetyl-5-bromo-6-methoxynaphthalene. 2-Acetyl-5-bromo-6-methoxynaphthalene was converted to 5-bromo-6- methoxynaphthalene-2-carboxylic acid by a haloform reaction. The esterification of the acid with methanol, methoxylation with NaOCH_3 in the presence of CuI and subsequent de-esterification with NaOH afforded 5,6-dimethoxynaphthalene-2-carboxylic acid. The 5-bromo-6-methoxynaphthalene-2-carboxylic acid and 5,6-dimethoxynaphthalene-2-carboxylic acid were found to have in vitro antibacterial activity against some pathogenic bacteria.
Keywords: Naphthalene-2-carboxylic acids, 2-naphthol, bromination, haloform, antibacterial activity
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