´╗┐ Synthesis, Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Carvacrol Based Sulfonates

ISSN: 2161-0444

Medicinal Chemistry

  • Research Article   
  • Med chem (Los Angeles) 2017, Vol 7(10): 294
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-0444.1000470

Synthesis, Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Carvacrol Based Sulfonates

Suresh D Bagul, Jamatsing D Rajput, Manohar M Patil and Ratnamala S Bendre*
Department of Pesticides and Agrochemicals, School of Chemical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharashtra, India
*Corresponding Author: Ratnamala S Bendre, Department of Pesticides and Agrochemicals, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharashtra, India, Tel: 8659264596, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Oct 05, 2017 / Accepted Date: Oct 13, 2017 / Published Date: Oct 18, 2017


In the present investigation, we report eight novel benzenesulfonate derivatives of carvacrol prepared by using sulfonyl chlorides and carvacrol. Their structures were investigated on the basis of modern sophisticated analytical techniques such as 1H and 13C NMR, LC-MS and FT-IR spectroscopy. The synthesized derivatives are screened for their antioxidant test by DPPH radical scavenger assay. Among the tested compounds, 6g and 6h have emerged as better antioxidants.


Keywords: Carvacrol; Sulfonyl chloride; Benzenesulfonate; DPPH; Antioxidant activity


Nowadays antioxidants have motivated researchers’ interest in both medicinal plants and synthetic organic compounds [1]. The implication of free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been found to be in the pathogenicity of numerous diseases, including various chronic diseases [2,3]. Antioxidants are recently invented as the drug candidates to counter these diverse diseases, such as carcinogenesis, inflammation, and aging in aerobic organisms [4]. The design of small molecular agents to conflict cellular oxidative stress has become an important therapeutic objective, towards comprehensive damage to cellular macromolecules caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) [5]. The extensive action of synthetic antioxidants is being ruled out owing to their toxicity and unwanted side effects and there is a growing interest in the use of the natural product as antioxidants and their derivatives for the treatment of oxidative stress-related diseases [6].

The antioxidant activity of phenols has been found depending on the electronic and steric effects of the ring, substituents and the strength of hydrogen-bonding interactions between phenol and solvent [7,8]. Many essential oils exhibit antioxidant and antimicrobial activities [9]. Phenols, such as thymol, carvacrol, eugenol and monocyclic hydrocarbons belong to the most active natural antioxidants found in the essential oils. However, the efficiency of these compounds in treatment is limited due to their poor water solubility and the requirement of high concentrations to reach a therapeutic effect [10,11]. Carvacrol, 5-isopropyl-3-methylphenol (Figure 1 (1)) is a major constituent of organo oil [12-15]. It is a phenolic monoterpenoid that exhibits several interesting biological activities [16-18]. It has antiinflammatory [19], antibiotic [20], antifungal [21], antioxidant [22], antiviral [23], insecticidal [24], cardioprotective [25] and antidiabetics [26] properties. Josip et al. synthesized 4-(hydroxymethyl)-5-isopropyl- 2-methylphenol (Figure 1 (2)) and 4,4′-methylenebis(5-isopropyl-2- methyl)phenol (Figure 1 (3)) and studied their antioxidant activity [27].


Figure 1: Structures of Carvacrol, 4-hydroxymethyl carvacrol and Dimer of carvacrol.

In this work, we have synthesized carvacrol sulfonate derivatives and characterized them by sophisticated analytical techniques. Antioxidant properties of these compounds have been investigated by in vitro systems through the interaction of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl

(DPPH) and scavenging of superoxide radical.


Chemicals and instruments

Melting points of all the synthesized compounds were determined by the open capillary method. The confirmation of synthesized compounds was checked by thin layer chromatography on 200 μm thick aluminum sheets having silica gel 60 F254 as an adsorbent by developing the TLC plate using hexane: ethyl acetate (4:1) solvent system. Spots were visualized under UV-light. 1H and 13C NMR spectra were scanned at Bruker AC-400 MHz spectrometer FT NMR in CDCl3 using TMS as an internal standard. The chemical shift values are on δ scale. The mass spectra were recorded on LC-MS spectrometer. All chemicals and solvents were locally purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and S. D. Fine chemicals and used without further purification.

General procedure for synthesis of carvacrol benzenesulfonate

Carvacrol (4) (1 mL, 0.006 moles) in dichloromethane (5 mL) was charged to the round bottom flask, then triethylamine (1 mL, 0.009 moles) was added drop-wise to it. Substituted benzene sulfonyl chloride (0.006 moles) (5) was added to it with constant stirring for 5-6 hours at room temperature. Progress of the reaction was monitored by TLC for every 15th minute. Upon confirmation of completion of reaction, 10% NaHCO3 solution was added and the reaction mixture was further stirred for 30 minutes. The reaction mixture was extracted by using separating funnel and the organic layer evaporated at room temperature [28,29]. The remaining solid/liquid was collected and recrystallized with suitable solvent. Melting / Boiling point and practical yield were recorded. A detailed description of the spectral data for compounds is provided in the Supporting Information.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 2-fluorobenzenesulfonate (6a): 1H NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.09-1.11 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.22 (3H, s), 2.73-2.88 (1H, m), 6.76 (1H, s), 7.25 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.12 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.26 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.32 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.66 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.85 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 16.81, 23.11, 33.38, 17.01, 117.43-117.64, 119.74, 124.44-125.43, 128.66, 131.38-131.52, 136.63-136.72, 148.01-148.18, 158.25, 161.14 FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3090 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1575 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1489 (C-F Stretching), 1386 and 1266 (SO2 Stretching), 1067 (C-O Stretching), 815 and 775 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C16H17FO3S: 308.37 found: [M+Na]+ 331.26.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 4-fluorobenzenesulfonate (6b): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.13 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.02 (3H, s), 2.75-2.81 (1H, m), 6.64 (1H, s), 6.99 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.16 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.19 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.81 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.93, 23.15, 33.41, 76.06-77.49, 116.43-116.65, 128.11, 131.35-132.19, 148.16-148.21, 164.15, 167.34, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3061 and 2964 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1589 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1499 (C-F Stretching), 1319 and 1192 (-SO2 Stretching), 1079 (C-O Stretching), 796 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C16H17FO3S: 308.37 found: [M+Na]+ 331.27.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 2-chlorobenzenesulfonate (6c): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.09-1.12 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.22 (3H, s), 2.71-2.81 (1H, m), 6.99 (1H, s), 7.28 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.66 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.68 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.71 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.82 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.86 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.42, 22.88-23.12, 38.83-40.08, 64.50, 109.37, 123.33, 128.00-129.55, 131.47, 132.98, 142.42, 153.71, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3066 and 2958 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1535 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1425 (C-F Stretching), 1282 and 1190 (-SO2 Stretching), 1008 (C-O Stretching), 867 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C16H17ClO3S: 324.82 found: [M+H]+ 325.24.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 4-chlorobenzenesulfonate (6d): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.11-1.14 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.01 (3H, s), 2.15-2.82 (1H, m), 6.73 (1H, s), 7.02 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.2 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.82 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 9.02 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz) 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.95, 23.15, 33.41, 76.11, 77.46, 116.41-116.63, 120.88, 125.48, 128.68, 131.34-132.19, 148.14-148.21, 164.14, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3273 and 2972 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1517 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1427 (C-F Stretching), 1394and 1276 (-SO2 Stretching), 1020 (C-O Stretching), 879 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C16H17ClO3S: 324.82 found: [M+H]+ 325.03.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 2-bromobenzenesulfonate (6e): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.12-1.14 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.01 (3H, s), 2.76-2.92 (1H, m), 6.73 (1H, s), 7.11 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.21 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.25 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.75 (1H, d), 7.81 (1H, t, J=7.9 Hz), 7.91 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.94, 23.15, 33.41, 77.88, 116.43-116.65, 128.11, 131.35-132.19, 148.14-148.21, 167.29, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3253 and 2972 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1527 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1423 (C-F Stretching), 1278 and 1201 (-SO2 Stretching), 1024 (C-O Stretching), 721 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LCMS m/z calculated C16H17BrO3S: 369.27 found: [M+Na]+ 393.40.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 4-bromobenzenesulfonate (6f): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.12-1.14 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.01 (3H, s), 2.76-2.92 (1H, m), 6.73 (1H, s), 7.02 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.21 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.46 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.91 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.93, 23.15, 33.41, 76.06-77.49, 116.43-116.65, 128.11, 131.35-132.19, 148.16-148.21, 164.14, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 2964 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1562 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1479 (C-F Stretching), 1377 and 1282 (-SO2 Stretching), 1083 (C-O Stretching), 806 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C16H17BrO3S: 369.27 found: [M+Na]+ 393.40.

5-isopropyl-4-methylphenylbenzenesulfonate (6g): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.11-1.12 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.14 (3H, s), 2.41 (3H, s), 2.75-2.77 (1H, m), 6.67 (1H, s), 6.71 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.95 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.25 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.75 (2H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 15.45, 15.99, 21.71, 23.74, 24.05, 33.41, 33.70, 76.82-77.46, 113.09, 118.46, 120.19, 120.06, 125.22, 128.56- 128.74, 129.78, 130.77, 131.35, 133.13, 145.37, 148.04-148.30, 153.97, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1): 2964 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1590 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1436 (C-F Stretching), 1363 and 1288 (-SO2 Stretching), 1091 (C-O Stretching), 808 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C17H20O3S: 304.40 found: [M+Na]+ 327.28.

5-isopropyl-2-methylphenyl 3(trifluoromethyl)benzenesulfonate (6h): 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 1.16 (6H, d, J=6.87 Hz), 2.09 (3H, s), 2.72-2.81 (1H, m), 6.65 (1H, s), 6.71 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.03 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.64 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.25 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 7.92 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 8.12 (1H, d, J=7.9 Hz), 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 8.63, 15.52, 23.67, 36.40, 46.45, 76.63-77.46, 117.97, 119.25, 125.66, 128.52, 129.08, 129.40, 130.20, 130.81, 130.88, 131.69, 132.29, 145.02, 148.05, 148.18, 148.45, 154.32, FT-IR (KBr, cm-1) 3051 and 2801 (Aromatic C-H Stretch), 1521 (Aromatic C=C Bending), 1379 (C-F Stretching), 1269 and 1199 (-SO2 Stretching), 1055 (C-O Stretching), 877 (Aromatic C-H Bending), LC-MS m/z calculated C17H17F3O3S: 358.38 found: [M+3]+ 361.25.

Results and Discussions

In order to obtain carvacrol-phenylsulfonyl derivatives, carvacrol was treated with substituted phenylsulfonyl chlorides to get desired compounds as indicated in Scheme 1. Synthesized derivatives were obtained in good yields. Purification of these derivatives was carried out by simple recrystallization.


Scheme 1: Synthesis of Carvacrol-phenylsulfonyl derivatives.

In vitro antioxidant activity

The antioxidant activity of the synthesized compounds was evaluated by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging method [30,31]. The decreasing capacity of DPPH radicals was determined by a decline in their absorbance at 517 nm prompted by antioxidants. The inhibitory effects of the synthesized compounds 6a-h on DPPH radical are presented as the value of % inhibition (Figure 2). All the synthesized carvacrol derivatives were dissolved to prepare a stock solution of 1 mg/mL using DMSO. Fifty microliter solutions of compounds were added to 1 mL of a 0.1 mM solution of DPPH in methanol. After 2 h, absorbance values were measured at 517 nm. Ascorbic acid was used as a standard. The decrease in absorbance of DPPH radical was caused by antioxidants because of the reaction between antioxidant molecules and radical, which resulted in the scavenging of the DPPH radicals. DPPH radical scavenging activity of the synthesized compounds was distinguished to be good to moderate as compared with the standard ascorbic acid. The value of % inhibition of the compounds 6g (57.13%) and 6h (57.71%) has been found to be greater as compared to standard ascorbic acid (85.86%) at the same concentration. While it appears that compounds 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, and 6f are a poor scavenger of the DPPH radical (4.67%, 12.13%, 7.04%, 8.99%, 5.16%, and 6.54%) as compared to ascorbic acid (85.86).


Figure 2: DPPH radical scavenging assay of synthesized compounds (6 a-h) and ascorbic acid.


We have synthesized eight new carvacrol benzenesulfonate derivatives (6a-h) by simple and convenient methodology and characterized them by IR, 1H and 13C NMR and LC-MS spectroscopy. The comparison of the antioxidant activities of 6a-h derivatives has revealed that the halo-substituted carvacrol benzenesulfonate derivatives have less antioxidant activity than the methyl and trifluoromethyl carvacrol benzenesulfonate derivatives. Amongst the series compounds, 6g and 6h exhibited remarkable antioxidant activity by DPPH radical scavenging assay (Table 1).

Entry Chemical Structure M.P/B.P* (°C) Yieldb (%) (%) Radical scavenger
1 equation 56-58* 91.13 4.67
2 equation 86-88 78.59 12.13
3 equation 104-106 85.45 7.04
4 equation 98-100* 72.00 8.99
5 equation 114-116 83.26 5.16
6 equation 64-68 89.16 6.54
7 equation 92-94* 82.95 57.13
8 equation 76-78* 84.49 57.71

aReaction conditions: Carvacrol (0.006 moles) and benzenesulfonylchlorides (0.006 moles), Triethylamine (0.009 moles); bIsolated Yield; *BP

Table 1: Synthesis of benzenesulfonate derivatives from Carvacrol and benzenesulfonylchloridesa.


Ratnamala Bendre thanks to UGC-SAP (DSA-I), Suresh D. Bagul gratefully thanks to CSIR, New Delhi for financial assistance, and Jamatsing D. Rajput gratefully thanks, UGC, New Delhi for BSR Fellowship of PhD Candidates.


Citation: Bagul SD, Rajput JD, Patil MM, Bendre RS (2017) Synthesis, Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Carvacrol Based Sulfonates. Med Chem 7: 294-298 Doi: 10.4172/2161-0444.1000470

Copyright: © 2017 Bagul SD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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