Org. Synth. 1937, 17, 23
DOI: 10.15227/orgsyn.017.0023
[Resorcinol, 4-bromo-]
Submitted by R. B. Sandin and R. A. McKee.
Checked by W. W. Hartman and J. B. Dickey.
1. Procedure
In a 1-l. flask fitted with a mechanical stirrer and a dropping funnel are placed 46.2 g. (0.3 mole) of 2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid (β-resorcylic acid, p. 557) and 350 cc. of glacial acetic acid. After the stirrer is started the mixture is warmed until solution results (45°) and then is allowed to cool to 35°. Through the dropping funnel is added a solution of 48 g. (15 cc., 0.3 mole) of bromine in 240 cc. of glacial acetic acid with vigorous stirring over a period of about one hour. The temperature of the reaction mixture remains at 30–35°. When all the bromine is added the solution is poured into 5 l. of water, and the mixture is cooled to 0–5° and allowed to stand for several hours. The fine, white crystals of 2,4-dihydroxy-5-bromobenzoic acid are collected on a 10-cm. Büchner funnel and washed with about 500 cc. of cold water. The crude product, after air drying at room temperature, melts at 194–200° and weighs 55–60 g. For purification it is dissolved in 1.5 l. of boiling water, and the solution is refluxed for one hour (Note 1), filtered while hot, and cooled in an ice bath. The material which crystallizes is collected, washed with 100 cc. of cold water, and air dried. The yield of colorless 2,4-dihydroxy-5-bromobenzoic acid, melting at 206.5–208.5° (corr.), is 40–44 g. (57–63 per cent of the theoretical amount).
Thirty grams of purified 2,4-dihydroxy-5-bromobenzoic acid is refluxed for twenty-four hours with 375 cc. of water, and the resulting solution is filtered, cooled, and extracted with a 400-cc. and a 200-cc. portion of ether. The ether is removed by evaporation, and the 4-bromoresorcinol is dried on a steam bath. The yield of product melting at 100–102° (Note 2) is 22–22.5 g. (90–92 per cent of the theoretical amount).
2. Notes
1. The 2,4-dihydroxy-3,5-dibromobenzoic acid invariably present is in this way converted into the very soluble 2,4-dibromoresorcinol and removed. The monobromo acid is decarboxylated much more slowly.
2. Some samples were obtained with melting points ranging from 77° to 93°, but on dissolving the samples in chloroform and evaporating the solvent the values rose to 100–102°. This is not believed to be a process of purification.
3. Discussion
4-Bromoresorcinol has been prepared by the monobromination of resorcinol monobenzoate and subsequent hydrolysis;1 from 2-bromo-5-aminophenol by the diazo reaction;2 by treating resorcinol with dichlorourea and potassium bromide;3 and by the bromination of 2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid followed by decarboxylation.4 The above procedure is based particularly upon the observations of Rice.4

References and Notes
  1. Fries and Lindemann, Ann. 404, 61 (1914).
  2. Fries and Saftien, Ber. 59, 1254 (1926).
  3. Likhosherstov, J. Gen. Chem. (U.S.S.R.) 3, 172 (1933) [C. A. 28, 1676 (1934)].
  4. Zehenter, Monatsh. 2, 480 (1881); 8, 293 (1887); von Hemmelmayr, ibid. 33, 977 (1912); 34, 374 (1913); Rice, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 48, 3125 (1926); Davis and Harrington, ibid. 56, 129 (1934).

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

acetic acid (64-19-7)

ether (60-29-7)

chloroform (67-66-3)

bromine (7726-95-6)

potassium bromide (7758-02-3)


resorcinol (108-46-3)

Resorcinol, 4-bromo- (6626-15-9)

2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid,
β-Resorcylic acid (89-86-1)

2,4-Dihydroxy-5-bromobenzoic acid (7355-22-8)

2,4-dihydroxy-3,5-dibromobenzoic acid


resorcinol monobenzoate (136-36-7)