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Org. Synth. 1928, 8, 100
DOI: 10.15227/orgsyn.008.0100
Submitted by W. A. Jacobs and M. Heidelberger.
Checked by Roger Adams and L. F. Martin.
1. Procedure
To a solution of 130 g. (0.6 mole) of arsanilic acid (p. 70) in 600 cc. (0.6 mole) of normal sodium hydroxide are added 52 g. (0.62 mole) of sodium bicarbonate and 70 g. (0.75 mole) of chloroacetamide (p. 153). The mixture is heated on a water bath to 90–100°, and a steady evolution of carbon dioxide occurs. At the end of two hours, when gas evolution has practically ceased, the mixture is cooled to 40°, stirred vigorously, and 150 cc. of 20 per cent hydrochloric acid poured in rapidly. p-Arsonophenylglycinamide crystallizes at once and, after cooling to room temperature, is filtered by suction and washed once with 2 per cent hydrochloric acid (Note 1), then with cold water.
The crude product thus obtained is contaminated with some arsanilic acid and possibly other products. These are removed during purification. The crude product is suspended in about 400 cc. of water, and, with vigorous stirring, treated carefully with 25 per cent aqueous sodium hydroxide until solution is just complete. At this point the mixture is still acid to litmus, and an excess of sodium hydroxide is to be avoided to prevent decomposition of the product. About 15 g. of animal charcoal is added, the mixture stirred for five minutes without heating, and filtered. The filtrate is treated during vigorous stirring with 100 cc. of 20 per cent hydrochloric acid, and the pure acid at once separates. After cooling, it is filtered by suction and washed thoroughly with small portions of ice-cold water until the filtrate is practically halogen-free (Note 2).
The acid, without drying, is suspended in about 200 cc. of distilled water and, with vigorous stirring, cautiously (Note 3) treated with 25 per cent sodium hydroxide solution until dissolved and the solution reacts neutral to litmus. The solution is then filtered through folded filter paper which should be free from soluble calcium salts, otherwise the filtrate will remain clouded by a suspension of the calcium salt. The clear, faintly yellow or colorless filtrate is then vigorously stirred and treated with 1.5 volumes of 95 per cent alcohol. Crystallization is induced by rubbing with a rod, and then an additional volume of alcohol is added. The mixture should be allowed to cool to about 20° and stand for at least two hours to complete the precipitation of the salt, which is then filtered by suction and washed thoroughly with 85 per cent alcohol. The salt is then air-dried. The yield is 73–77 g. (38–40 per cent of the theoretical amount).
2. Notes
1. From this filtrate approximately 15–30 g. of arsanilic acid may be recovered by just neutralizing to Congo red with sodium hydroxide.
2. If the free acid is desired it may be obtained by drying the product at this stage. The yield of free acid is about 100 g. (60 per cent of the theoretical amount).
3. If sodium hydroxide is added too rapidly some solid precipitates which does not redissolve.
3. Discussion
This procedure described for the preparation of sodium p-arsono-N-phenylglycinamide has been reported in the literature.1

References and Notes
  1. Jacobs and Heidelberger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 41, 1590 (1919); U. S. pat. 1,280,119 [C. A. 12, 2658 (1918)].

Chemical Abstracts Nomenclature (Collective Index Number);
(Registry Number)

alcohol (64-17-5)

hydrochloric acid (7647-01-0)

sodium hydroxide (1310-73-2)

sodium bicarbonate (144-55-8)

carbon dioxide (124-38-9)

Arsanilic acid (98-50-0)


Sodium p-arsono-N-phenylglycinamide (834-03-7)