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Org. Synth. 1956, 36, 64
DOI: 10.15227/orgsyn.036.0064
[Benzamidine, N-phenyl-]
Submitted by F. C. Cooper and M. W. Partridge1.
Checked by T. L. Cairns, R. E. Benson, and V. J. Webers.
1. Procedure
Sixty-two grams (61 ml., 0.67 mole) of aniline (Note 1) is mixed with 68.5 g. (0.66 mole) of benzonitrile in a 250-ml., wide-mouthed flask, and, during about 20 minutes, 89 g. (0.67 mole, calculated as AlCl3) of a freshly opened sample of powdered, anhydrous aluminum chloride is added in portions with thorough stirring (Note 2). The mixture is then heated at 200° for 30 minutes (Note 3), and, while still molten, is poured slowly into a thoroughly stirred mixture of 20 ml. of concentrated hydrochloric acid and 1.6 l. of water. After the addition of 20 g. of activated carbon, the suspension is stirred while being externally cooled in running water and is then filtered through a kieselguhr filter (Note 4). The filtrate is poured in a steady stream into a stirred solution of 220 g. of sodium hydroxide in 1.2 l. of water. The flocculent precipitate is collected on alkali-resistant paper in a 12-cm. Büchner funnel with the aid of suction, washed with water (Note 5), broken up thoroughly, and air-dried at room temperature to constant weight. The yield of white product, m.p. 111–115°, is 90–96 g. (69–74%). This material is sufficiently pure for most purposes. Recrystallization from benzene (60 ml. per 10 g. of amidine) yields 56–74 g. of white powder; concentration of the mother liquors raises the total yield of N-phenylbenzamidine to 69–86 g. (53–66%), melting at 114–115.5°.
2. Notes
1. It is preferable to use aniline freshly redistilled from a small quantity of zinc dust.
2. The reaction is strongly exothermic. Although loss of reagents by volatilization is small, it is advisable to close the flask with a loose plug of cotton wool.
3. Below about 180° the mixture is too stiff to be stirred, but at 200° it is a mobile liquid.
4. A suitable filter is prepared by distributing a slurry of 10–15 g. of "Super-Cel" in water on a filter paper in a 12-cm. Büchner funnel and washing with water with the aid of suction until a clear filtrate is obtained.
5. Washing is best effected by vigorously stirring the cake with water until it is completely dispersed, collecting again, and draining well; three such washings are usually sufficient.
3. Discussion
This method is based on the procedure of Oxley, Partridge, and Short.2 N-Phenylbenzamidine has also been prepared by heating aniline hydrochloride with benzonitrile or thiobenzamide3 or by heating aniline benzenesulfonate with benzonitrile;4 by the action of sodium or sodamide on a mixture of aniline and benzonitrile;5 by treating phenylcyanamide with phenylmagnesium bromide;6 by the interaction of aniline and benziminoethyl ether hydrochloride;7 by the reaction between N-phenylbenzimidyl chloride and ammonia;8 by the action of sodamide on benzylidene aniline;7,9 by hydrogenating benzanilide oxime;10 by treating benzophenone oxime benzenesulfonate with ammonia;11 and by the reaction of 2-nitrobutyl benzimidate hydrochloride with aniline.12

References and Notes
  1. The University, Nottingham, England.
  2. Oxley, Partridge, and Short, J. Chem. Soc., 1947, 1112; Short and Partridge (Boots Pure Drug Company), Brit. pat. 598,453 [C. A., 42, 6854 (1948)]; U. S. pat. 2,450,386 [C. A., 43, 3456 (1949)].
  3. Bernthsen, Ann., 184, 348 (1877).
  4. Oxley and Short, J. Chem. Soc., 1946, 147.
  5. Lottermoser, J. prakt. Chem., 54, 116 (1896); Cooper and Partridge, J. Chem. Soc., 1953, 255.
  6. Busch and Hobein, Ber., 40, 4298 (1907).
  7. Lossen and Kobbert, Ann., 265, 138 (1891); Sugasawa and Ohara, J. Pharm. Soc. Japan, 72, 1036 (1952) [C. A., 47, 7461 (1953)].
  8. Ghadiali and Shah, J. Univ. Bombay, 6, 127 (1937) [C. A., 32, 3761 (1938)].
  9. Kirssanow and Iwastchenko, Bull. soc. chim. France, [5] 2, 2118 (1935).
  10. Barber and Self (May and Baker Ltd.), U. S. pat. 2,375,611 [C. A., 39, 3544 (1945)].
  11. Oxley and Short, J. Chem. Soc., 1948, 1519.
  12. Cooper and Partridge, J. Chem. Soc., 1952, 5036.

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

N-phenylbenzimidyl chloride

hydrochloric acid (7647-01-0)

ammonia (7664-41-7)

Benzene (71-43-2)

aniline (62-53-3)

benzonitrile (100-47-0)

sodium hydroxide (1310-73-2)

aniline hydrochloride (142-04-1)

benzylidene aniline (538-51-2)

carbon (7782-42-5)

aluminum chloride (3495-54-3)

zinc (7440-66-6)

sodium (13966-32-0)

Phenylmagnesium bromide (100-58-3)

sodamide (7782-92-5)

thiobenzamide (2227-79-4)


aniline benzenesulfonate

Benzamidine, N-phenyl- (1527-91-9)

benziminoethyl ether hydrochloride

benzanilide oxime

benzophenone oxime benzenesulfonate

2-nitrobutyl benzimidate hydrochloride