Int J Curr Pharm Res, Vol 8, Issue 3, 33-37Original Article



1P. G. Research Center, Department of Chemistry, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Nanded 431602 (MS), India, 2Hodiedah University, Education College, Yemen

Received: 31 Mar 2016, Revised and Accepted: 31 May 2016


Objective: The present work aim to study the spectral and antimicrobial activity for synthesized chalcones

Methods: The synthesized Chalcones were characterized by Physical and spectral methods such as melting point, IR, 1H-NMR and Mass analysis. The synthesized compounds have been screened for their antimicrobial activity.

Results: The biological data showed that compounds III, VII had strong activities against the Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but not activity against fungus.

Conclusion: The main purpose to use an easy and useful method to synthesize biologically active chalcone.

Keywords: Chalcones, Synthesis, Spectral studies, Antimicrobial Activity


Chalcones are α, β-unsaturated ketones including two aromatic rings (ring A and B) which have a diverse array of substituents. Rings are interconnected by a highly electrophilic three carbon α, β-unsaturated carbonyl system that assumes linear or nearly planar structure [1-3] they contain the keto ethylenic group (–CO–CH=CH-) [4]. Chalcones have a crystal structure. The dihedral angle between the two phenyl rings is 13.0(1) °, and the dihedral angle from the plane of C7/C8/C9 to the phenyl rings (C1 to C6 and C10 to C15) are 13.8(1) ° and 2.6(1) °, respectively, indicating that the central C7-C8-C9 fragment lies nearly in the phenyl ring plane of C10 to C15, but rather more displaced out of the other benzene ring of C1 to C6. The molecule forms a zigzag chain by C-H···π (arene) hydrogen bonds along the c axis.

There also exist intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions involving C11 acting as H-bond donor, via H11, to O in the adjacent molecules at-x,1-y,1-z, resulting in a three-dimensional network [5]. By Claisen Schmidt condensation reactions can be readily prepared chalcones due to it is very easy and simple to conduct as well as inexpensive.

Chalcones are illustrious intermediates for synthesizing various heterocyclic compounds like pyrazolines, pyrimidines, isoxazolines, cyanopyridine, benzodiazepines benzothiazepines and flavones [6].

Chalcones have displayed a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities, such as anticancer [7-11], antiprotozoal (antileishmanial and antitrypanosomal) [12], anti-inflammatory [13-14], antibacterial [15, 16], anti filarial [17], antifungal [18, 19], antimicrobial [20], larvicidal [21], anticonvulsant [22], antioxidant [23-25] activities have been reported. They have also shown inhibition of the enzymes, especially mammalian alpha-amylase [26], cyclo-oxygenase (COX) [27] and monoamine oxidase (MAO) [28].


The purity and completion of the reaction were monitored by TLC. Melting points of the compounds were determined in open capillary tubes and are uncorrected, IR Spectra were recorded on Shimadzu FT-IR, the sample was mixed with KBr and pellet technique was adopted to record the spectra in cm-1,1H NMR spectra was determined on a Bruker Avance II 400 Spectrometer against TMS as internal standard DMSO-d6 as a solvent. Mass spectra were recorded on waters Micromass Q-T of Micro spectrometry.

General procedure for the preparation of chalcones

Equimolar quantities of substituted hydroxy acetophenone and aromatic aldehyde in a minimum quantity of alcohol were dissolved 40% KOH in water was added in portions, at room temperature. The reaction flask was loosely corked and kept at room temperature for about 20-21 hour.

The contents of the flask were poured over crushed ice and then acidified by 10% HCl. The solid mass separated was filtered, washed with cold water and dried, then recrystallized from a suitable solvent.


Novel chalcones have been synthesized by Claisen Schmidt condensation reactions between substituted benzaldehydes with substituted hydroxyl acetophenones. The synthesized chalcones confirmed by IR spectral data showing sharp bands in the range between 1600–1660 cm-1 indicated the presence of C=O group. Chalcones (3a-i) were also confirmed by 1HNMR spectral analysis. Inspection of the 1HNMR

Spectra suggested that the chalcones were geometrically pure and configured trans (JHα=Hβ=15Hz).

The antimicrobial activity of the newly chalcones was evaluated by Disc diffusion Method [29].

Table 1: Synthesis chalcones


Code No



















































Spectral analysis of the synthesized chalcones

The structure of the newly chalcones were done by spectral analysis (IR,1H NMR,MASS) and the results are shown below:

I. (E)-1-(5-bromo-2-hydroxy-3-iodophenyl)-3-(5-Bromothiophen -2-yl)-2-methylbut-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-1629 (C=O), 1558(C=C), 1412(C-C Aromatic str), 673(C-Br).

1HNMR:-7.28(d,1H1), 7.59(d,1H2), 7.72(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.98(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.12(s,H3,Ar-H), 8.49(s,1H4, Ar-H), 13.72(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-514(M+), 515(M+1), 512(M-2).

II. (E)-3-(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-1-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-5-iodo-phenyl) prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3429(OH), 1627 (C=O), 1542(C=C), 1419(C-C Aromatic str), 798(C-Cl), 621(C-Br).

1HNMR:-7.29(d,1H1),7.59(d,1H2),7.67(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.96(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.00(s,H3,Ar-H), 8.47(s,1H4, Ar-H), 13.29(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-470(M+1), 468(M-1).

III. (E)-3-(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-1-(2,4-dihydroxy-3,5-diiodo-phenyl) prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3408(OH), 1614 (C=O), 1565(C=C), 1404(C-C Aromatic str), 629(C-Br).

1HNMR:-7.28(d,1H1), 7.56(d,1H2), 7.67(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.92(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.23(s,H3,Ar-H), 8.49(s,1H4, Ar-H), 13.55(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-576(M+), 577(M+1), 578(M+2).

IV. (E)-3-(5-bromothiophen-2-yl)-1-(3,5-dichloro-2-hydroxy-phenyl)prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-1636 (C=O), 1562(C=C), 1420(C-C Aromatic str), 794(C-Cl), 678(C-Br).

1HNMR:-7.29(d,1H1),7.59(d,1H2),7.67(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.96(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.00(s,H3,Ar-H), 8.47(s,1H4, Ar-H), 13.29(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-377(M-1).

V. (E)-3-(5-bromo-2-hydroxy-3-iodophenyl)-3-(2,5-Dimethoxy-phenul)prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3425(OH), 1635 (C=O), 1566(C=C), 1434(C-C Aromatic str), 640(C-Br).

1HNMR:-3.82(s,3H,OMe), 3.86(s,3H,OMe), 7.01(s,1H3), 7.06(d,1H1), 7.67(d,1H2), 8.02(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 8.13(s,1H4), 8.22(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.54(s,H5,), 13.85(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-489(M+), 490(M+1), 487(M-2).

VI. (E)-1-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-5-iodophenyl)-3-(2,5-Dimethoxy phenul)prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3436(OH), 1639(C=O), 1558(C=C), 1492(C-C Aromatic str), 702(C-Cl).

1HNMR:-3.82(s,3H,OMe), 3.86(s,3H,OMe), 7.00(s,1H3), 7.05(d,1H1), 7.65(d,1H2), 7.95(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.99(s,1H4), 8.23(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.45(s,H5,), 13.46(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-444(M+), 445(M+1), 443(M-1).

VII. (E)-1-(2,4-dihydroxy-3,5-diiodophenyl)-3-(2,5-Dimethoxy phenul)prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3375(OH), 1625(C=O), 1541 (C=C), 1498(C-C Aromatic str),

1HNMR:-3.82(s,3H,OMe), 3.86(s,3H,OMe), 6.99(s,1H3), 7.05(d,1H1), 7.65(d,1H2), 7.93(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 8.23(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.45(s,H4,), 8.67(s,1H5), 14.75(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-552(M+), 551(M-1), 550(M-2).

VIII. (E)-1-(3,5-dichloro-2-hydroxyphenyl)-3-(2,5-dimethoxy-phenul) prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-1635(C=O), 1562(C=C), 1441(C-C Aromatic str), 707(C-Cl).

1HNMR:-3.82(s,3H,OMe), 3.86(s,3H,OMe), 7.00(s,1H3), 7.06(d,1H1), 7.64(d,1H2), 7.74(s,H4,), 7.98(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 8.21(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.35(s,1H5), 13.42(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-353(M+), 351(M-2).

IX. (E)-1-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-5-iodophenyl)-3-(5-methyl-thiophen -2-yl) prop-2-en-1-one

FTIR (KBr, cm-1):-3380(OH), 1628 (C=O), 1554(C=C), 1429(C-C Aromatic str), 796(C-Cl).

1HNMR:-2.45(s,3H,CH3), 7.46(d,1H,Hα, J=15Hz), 7.48(d,1H2), 7.56(d,1H1), 7.87(d, 1H, Hβ,J=15Hz), 8.20(s,H3,Ar-H), 8.38(s,1H4, Ar-H), 13.77(s,1H,OH).

M. S. (m/z):-403(M+), 405(M-2).

Antimicrobial activity

The antimicrobial screening was done using disc diffusion method [29] at a concentration of 500µg/ml.


The test was performed according to the disk diffusion method [29] adopted with some modification for the prepared compound using Penciline and streptomycin as references. The prepared compounds were tested against one strain of Gram+ve bacteria, Gram–ve bacteria, fungi. Whatman filter paper disk of 5 mm diameter was sterilized by autoclaving for 15 min at 1210 c. The sterile disk was impregnated with different compounds (600 gm/disk). Agar plates were surface inoculated uniformly from the both culture of the tested microorganism.

Table 2: Physical data of synthesized chalcones




M. P.




Solubility Product
I C13H7O2IBr2S 174-176 80 DMF
II C13H7O2IClBrS 196 80 DMF
III C13H7O3I2BrS 158-160 75 DMF
IV C13H7O2Cl2BrS 150-152 70 DMF
V C17H14O4IBr 176-178 85 DMF
VI C17H14O4ICl 194 85 DMF
VII C17H14O5I2 180-182 70 DMF
VIII C17H14O4Cl2 150 70 DMF
IX C14H10O2IClS 108-112 90 DMF

Table 3: Antimicrobial activity of synthesized compounds

Fungus Gram-negative bacterias Gram-positive bacterias compounds
Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzoe Pseudomonas aeruginosa Escherichia coli
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve ++ +
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve ++ -ve
- -ve -ve -ve
- -ve + -ve
x x + +
x x ++ ++
- - x x

++= Clear Zone of Inhibition,+= Minimum Zone of Inhibition,-= No Effect, X = Not applicable,-ve = Growth (Antibacteria and Antifungul Activities Observed), Standerd [1] Penciline+, Standerd [2] Streptomycin++Greseofulvin (fungus)

The disk were placed on the medium suitably spaced apart on the plate were incubated at 500C for 1 hr to permit good diffusion and then transferred to an incubator at 370C. for 24hr for bacteria and 280C for 72 h for fungi. The compounds were evaluated for antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus gr+ve, Escherichia coli gr–ve; Bacillus subtilis gr+ve, Pseudomonas aeruginosa gr–ve, and antifungal activity against Aspergillus oryzoe, Aspergillus niger, DMSO was used as a solvent control. The results of antimicrobial data are summarized in table 3. All compounds show the moderate to good activity against bacteria, but for all compounds did not stop the growth of Aspergillus oryzoe fungus, and all compounds were not effective towards Aspergillus niger fungus.


In the present study, an easy and useful method to synthesize biologically active chalcone, using substituted acetophenone with substituted aldehyde with high yield. The newly synthesized chalcones were confirmed by spectral analysis like IR, 1H-NMR and Mass analysis and further evaluated for their antimicrobial activity. The antibacterial activity revealed that of the compounds showed moderate to good activity against the pathogens used; the result was negative on fungus.


The authors are thankful to Head of the department of Chemistry,Head of the department of Microbiology, Principal of Yeshwant College, Nanded for providing lab facilities for the research work.


Declare none


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Bushra Ahmed Kateb
P. G. Research Center, Department of Chemistry, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Nanded 431602 (MS), India, Hodiedah University, Education College, Yemen

Abdulkareem Ali Hussien
P. G. Research Center, Department of Chemistry, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Nanded 431602 (MS), India, Hodiedah University, Education College, Yemen

M. A. Baseer
P. G. Research Center, Department of Chemistry, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Nanded 431602 (MS), India


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