Tautomerism of 2-hydroxynaphthaldehyde Schiff bases

Fadhil S. Kamounah, Liudmil Antonov, Daniela Nedeltcheva, Walter Fabian

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A UV–Vis spectroscopic study based on the recently developed chemometric approach for quantitative analysis of undefined mixtures is performed on a series of donor and acceptor substituted Schiff bases of 2-hydroxynaphthaldehydes. In CCl4 solution all compounds preferentially exist as the phenol tautomer independent of the nature of the respective substituent. With increasing polarity the tautomeric equilibrium is shifted towards the quinone form. In CHCl3 and, especially, ethanol a clear distinction between the effect of donors (stabilization of the quinone form) and acceptors (stabilization of the phenol tautomer) is evident. Ab initio calculations including solvent effects via the polarized continuum model of solvation as well as the supermolecule approach are used to rationalize the experimental findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number34
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 2 (2001)
Pages (from-to)1173-1179
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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