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Pyridine azo disperse dye derivatives and their selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs): synthesis, fastness properties, and antimicrobial evaluations

Authors Alnassar HSA, Helal MHE, Askar AA, Masoud DM, Abdallah AEM

Received 23 May 2019

Accepted for publication 15 August 2019

Published 27 September 2019 Volume 2019:14 Pages 7903—7918


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Anderson Oliveira Lobo

Huda SA Alnassar,1 Maher HE Helal,2 Ahmed A Askar,3 Doaa M Masoud,2 Amira EM Abdallah2

1Department of Laboratories Technology, College of Technological Studies, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Fayha 70654, Kuwait; 2Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo 11795, Egypt; 3Departments of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science (Boys), Al-Azhar University, Cairo 11751, Egypt

Correspondence: Amira EM Abdallah
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Ain Helwan, Cairo 11795, Egypt
Tel +20 109 176 9838

Aim: Aiming to produce pyridine azo disperse dyes with good fastness properties and promising antimicrobial activity, a number of novel systems of polyfunctionalized pyridine azo dyes and their selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) were synthesized.
Materials and methods: The synthesized products were formed by the reaction of diazotized aniline derivatives or diazotized amino antipyrene with any of dibenzoyl methane or benzoyl acetone and cyanoacetamide in boiling ethanolic sodium ethoxide. The structures of the newly synthesized compounds were elucidated by elemental analysis and spectral data. Moreover, (SeNPs) of the pyridine azo disperse dyes were characterized by Ultra-Violet -Visible spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering , X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscope analysis. On the other hand, the synthesized dyes and its (SeNPs) were applied for disperse dyeing of nylon 66 and their fastness properties were measured, such as washing, rubbing, perspiration, and light fastness. In addition, the antimicrobial activities for all the synthesized compounds and for (SeNPs) prepared compounds (2bN, 2cN, 2fN, 2gN, 2hN) were evaluated.
Results: Compounds 2bN, 2c, 2cN, 2fN, 2gN, 2h, 2hN, and 2i were the most active compounds against all Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species. While, compounds 2b, 2f, 2g, and 5b were the most active toward some of the bacterial strains (at least two from the selected four strains). Moreover, compounds 2bN, 2cN, 2fN, 2gN, 2h, 2hN showed higher activity toward the fungal strain. Also, the minimal inhibitory concentrations for all the most active compounds were determined.
Conclusion: Finally, all the (SeNPs) compounds revealed higher activity against bacterial and fungal strains than the other synthesized compounds.

Keywords: pyridine azo dyes, (SeNPs) azo dye, fastness properties, dyeing, antimicrobial, minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC)


Pyridine ring containing azo dyes has many advantages, including a color deepening effect as an intrinsic property of the pyridine ring and small molecular structure leading to better dye ability. The heterocyclic nature of the pyridine ring has also allowed for excellent sublimation fastness on the dyed fibers.1 A number of researchers have studied aminopyridine derivatives as azo disperse dyes in the dyeing of synthetic fibers25 and blended polyester/wool fibers. Pyridinone disperse dye derivatives have found many applications on several fibers due to their improved light fastness and brightness.610 The novel compounds could lead to the development of new functional materials with special finish properties for textile fabrics. Moreover, pyridinone ring system having very interest as biologically active compound especially as antimicrobial,1115 anticancer,16 antiviral,17 anti-inflammatory, and analgesic18 antioxidant agents.19 On the other hand, nanoparticles hold promise as innovative materials with new electronic, magnetic, and catalytic properties.2025 Several of nanostructures, involving metal nanoparticles (Ag, Ce, Au, Eu, Cu, Fe, Se, Ti, Zn, etc.), polymers, carbon and silicon-based nanomaterials have been utilized as effective drug delivery carriers and therapeutic agents.2633 In the field of nanotechnology, some of metal nanoparticles such as Ag, Au, Ce, Fe, Se, Si, Ti, and Zn have a special position as they display a unique scope not only as theranostic agents but possess large potential as carriers for chemotherapeutic agents, proteins, etc. Among these nanoparticles, selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) are one of the most extensively studied due to their effective physical and chemical properties.34 It has been found that many metal or metal oxide nanoparticles have many important applications as biologically active systems especially as antimicrobial agents.3542 We report herein as continuation to our interest in the design of bioactive heterocyclic compounds,4348 the preparation of novel dihydropyridinone disperse azo dyes derivatives with their SeNPs and their application as disperse dyes for the dyeing of nylon 66. The fastness properties and the antimicrobial activities of these dyes were also studied.

Materials and methods


All melting points were uncorrected and determined on an electrothermal apparatus (Büchi 535, Switzerland) in an open capillary tube. IR spectra were recorded on Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) JASCO FT-IR-3600 infrared spectrometer by employing KBr Pellet technique. UV-visible spectra were recorded on UV-visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis.) JASCO V-560. 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectra were recorded on a Mercury-300BB (400 and 100 MHz, respectively), at Cairo University, in DMSO-d6 as solvent using TMS [Si(CH3)4] as internal standard and chemical shifts are expressed as δ ppm. Mass spectra were recorded using Shimadzu (Japan) GC-MS-QP5050 prop Thermo Scientific. Elemental analyses were carried out on Vario EL III Elemental CHNS analyzer (Japan). Average particle size and size distribution were determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) PSS-NICOMP 380-ZLS particle sizing system St. Barbara, California, USA. The size and morphology of the synthesized nanoparticles were recorded by using transmission electron microscope (TEM) model JEOL electron microscopy JEM-100 CX. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was recorded by Shimadzu apparatus using nickel-filter and Cu-Ka target, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI), Kyoto, Japan. Antibacterial and antifungal activities were performed at the bacteriology laboratory, Botany and Microbiology department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. Color strength (K/S) of the dyed samples was measured by using OPTIMATCH 3100. The colorfastness to washing was determined using Launder-ometer. Colorfastness to rubbing was determined using Crock-Meter Type FD II and colorfastness to perspiration was determined using Perspiration Tester. The light fastness test was measured by using Xenon Arc lamp. The tested fabric used throughout this work; namely nylon 66 was supplied by Misr-Helwan Company for spinning and weaving, Helwan, Cairo, Egypt. All the fastness properties test done by National Institute for Standards, Cairo, Egypt. Selenious acid was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich Company. The bacterial strains were obtained from American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), while the fungal strain was obtained from Regional Center of Mycology and Biotechnology (RCMB). Synthetic pathways are presented in Figures 1 and 2. Fastness properties, antimicrobial evaluations, and minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of the newly synthesized products were expressed through Tables 13 and through Figures 912.

Table 1 Fastness properties of azo disperse dyes on nylon 66

Figure 1 Synthesis of phenyldiazenyl pyridine derivatives (2a–j).

Figure 2 Synthesis of pyrazolyl diazenyl pyridine derivatives (5a–b).

Synthetic procedures

General procedure for the preparation of 2-oxo-6-phenyl-5-(phenyldiazenyl)-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile derivatives (2a-j) and 5-((1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1h-pyrazol-4-yl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile derivatives (5a,b)

To a cold solution (0–5°C), of any of 4-chloroaniline (1.27 g, 0.01 mol), 4-bromoaniline, (1.72 g, 0.01 mol), 4-nitroaniline (1.38 g, 0.01 mol), dichloroaniline (1.62 g, 0.01 mol), dimethoxyaniline (1.53 g, 0.01 mol) or aminoantipyrene (2.03 g, 0.01 mol), in hydrochloric acid (0.03 mol), sodium nitrite solution (0.69 g, 0.01 mol) were added drop by drop. To the later solution, a mixture of any of benzoyl acetone (1.62 g, 0.01 mol) or dibenzoyl methane (2.24 g, 0.01 mol) in sodium acetate solution (0.50 g) was added. A mixture of any of the later arylhydrazono (0.01 mol) in sodium ethoxide solution (0.68 g, 0.01 mol) and cyanoacetamide (0.84 g, 0.01 mol) was added. The mixture was refluxed for 3 hrs and then allowed to cool. Acidified solution with cold dilute hydrochloric acid was added then the final solid product was collected by filtration and crystallized from ethanol.

5-((4-Cholrophenyl)diazenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2a)

Orange crystals; yield: 90% (3.14 g), mp: 238–240°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3465, 3147 (NH), 3059 (CH-aromatic), 2982, 2927 (CH3), 2207 (CN), 1630 (C=O), 1554, 1443 (C=C). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 2.62 (s, 3H, CH3), 7.19–7.47 (m, 9H, C6H4, C6H5), 8.60 (s, 1H, NH). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 21.1, 98.3, 119.9, 123.0, 127.2, 127.8, 127.8, 128.1, 128.1, 129.4, 129.4, 130.7, 130.7, 132.0, 132.9, 141.4, 146.0, 165.2, 170.5. MS (EI): m/z (%) 349 [M]+ (3.94), 57 (100.00). Anal. Calcd. for C19H13N4OCl (348.79): C, 65.43; H, 3.76; N, 16.06. Found: C, 65.01; H, 4.16; N, 16.40.

5-((4-Bromophenyl)diazenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2b)49

4-Methyl-5-((4-nitrophenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2c)

Dark red crystals; yield: 94% (3.22 g); mp: 254–256°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3473 (OH, NH), 3044 (CH-aromatic), 2925 (CH3), 2270 (CN), 1620 (C=O), 1588, 1459 (C=C), 1563 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 2.70 (s, 3H, CH3), 7.26–7.51 (m, 9H, C6H4, C6H5), 8.23 (s, 1H, NH). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 21.7, 98.2, 117.0, 120.0, 122.2, 122.2, 125.3, 125.3, 126.0, 127.3, 127.3, 130.8, 130.8, 134.5, 134.9, 146.2, 155.0, 162.0, 170.2. MS (EI): m/z (%) 359 [M]+ (1.00), 323 (100.00). Anal. Calcd. for C19H13N5O3 (359.34): C, 63.51; H, 3.65; N, 19.49. Found: C, 63.21; H, 3.35; N, 19.19.

5-((2,4-Dichlorophenyl)diazenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2d)

Dark brown crystals; yield: 92% (3.53 g); mp: 190–192°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3457, 3195 (OH, NH), 3078 (CH-aromatic), 2927 (CH3), 2211 (CN), 1647 (C=O), 1558, 1441 (C=C), 1508 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 2.68 (s, 3H, CH3), 6.62–7.64 (m, 8H, C6H3, C6H5), 7.70 (s, 1H, NH). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 22.0, 100.0, 118.1, 127.2, 127.8, 127.8, 128.3, 129.6, 129.6, 129.9, 130.8, 132.4, 132.6, 132.8, 133.4, 133.4, 148.7, 149.0, 170.0. MS (EI): m/z (%) 383 [M]+ (10.34), 360 (100.00). Anal. Calcd. for C19H12N4OCl2 (383.23): C, 59.55; H, 3.16; N, 14.62. Found: C, 59.22; H, 3.13; N, 14.33.

5-((2,4-Dimethoxyphenyl)diazenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2e)49

5-((4-Chlorophenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2f)

Orange crystals; yield: 93% (3.82 g); mp: 273–275°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3450 (OH, NH), 3030 (CH-aromatic), 2226 (CN), 1650 (C=O), 1568, 1442 (C=C), 1536 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 6.94–7.57 (m, 14H, C6H4, 2C6H5), 7.99 (s, 1H, NH), 13.37 (s, 1H, OH enol form). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 99.1, 115.5, 115.7, 123.5, 125.1, 128.3, 128.3, 128.6, 128.6, 128.7, 128.7, 129.0, 129.0, 129.9, 129.9, 130.9, 130.9, 132.1, 134.1, 134.2, 134.7, 150.4, 160.1, 170.2. MS (EI): m/z (%) 413 [M+2]+ (3.46), 412 [M+1]+ (19.29), 411 [M]+ (41.72), 410 [M-1]+ (47.61), 409 [M-2]+ (100.00). Anal. Calcd. for C24H15N4OCl (410.86): C, 70.16; H, 3.68; N, 13.64. Found: C, 69.80; H, 3.83; N, 13.86.

5-((4-Bromophenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2g)

Golden brown crystals; yield: 88% (4.01 g); mp: 286–288°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3434 (OH, NH), 3029 (CH-aromatic), 2225 (CN), 1649 (C=O), 1568, 1463 (C=C), 1533 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 6.86–7.57 (m, 14H, C6H4, 2C6H5), 7.59 (s, 1H, NH), 13.31 (s, 1H, OH enol form). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 98.1, 115.7, 115.8, 123.8, 125.0, 127.6, 128.3, 128.3, 128.6, 128.6, 129.0, 129.0, 129.3, 129.3, 131.0, 131.0, 132.8, 132.8, 133.0, 134.5, 135.8, 150.7, 160.0, 171.1. Anal. Calcd. for C24H15N4OBr (455.31): C, 63.31; H, 3.32; N, 12.31. Found: C, 63.01; H, 3.39; N, 12.62.

5-((4-Nitrophenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2h)

Golden brown crystals; yield: 95% (4.00 g); mp: 296–298°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3435, 3237 (OH, NH), 3033 (CH-aromatic), 2226 (CN), 1651 (C=O), 1603, 1464 (C=C), 1524 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 7.08–7.59 (m, 14H, C6H4, 2C6H5), 8.22 (s, 1H, NH)0,13.50 (s, 1H, OH enol form). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 99.1, 115.1, 115.5, 122.7, 122.7, 125.5, 125.5, 127.8, 127.9, 128.3, 128.3, 128.4, 128.4, 128.7, 128.7, 129.1, 129.1, 131.1, 134.3, 134.5, 148.5, 154.9, 160.1, 169.2. MS (EI): m/z (%) 420 [M-1]+ (9.89), 421 [M]+ (10.27), 409 (100.00). Anal. Calcd. for C24H15N5O3 (421.41): C, 68.40; H, 3.59; N, 16.62. Found: C, 68.60; H, 3.99; N, 16.99.

5-((2,4-Dichlorophenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2i)

Golden brown crystals; yield: 89% (3.96 g); mp: 267–269°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3439 (OH, NH), 3031 (CH-aromatic), 2224 (CN), 1652 (C=O), 1569, 1459 (C=C), 1532 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 7.35–8.02 (m, 13H, C6H3, 2C6H5), 8.19 (s, 1H, NH). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 96.1, 115.7, 118.2, 123.8, 126.1, 127.1, 128.3, 128.3, 128.5, 128.5, 128.8, 128.8, 129.1, 129.1, 130.1, 131.0, 132.8, 134.1, 135.2, 135.7, 135.7, 136.6, 160.3, 169.1. MS (EI): m/z (%) 443 [M-2]+ (100.00), 444 [M-1]+ (57.54), 445 [M]+ (73.23), 446 [M+1]+ (39.05), 447 [M+2]+ (18.68), Anal. Calcd. for C24H14N4OCl2 (445.30): C, 64.73; H, 3.17; N, 12.58. Found: C, 64.50; H, 3.35; N, 12.89.

5-((2,4-Dimethoxyphenyl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (2j)

Light golden brown crystals; yield: 90% (3.93 g); mp: 274–276°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3300 (OH, NH), 3026 (CH-aromatic), 2926, 2852 (CH3), 2225 (CN), 1650 (C=O), 1570, 1460 (C=C), 1535 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 3.50 (2s, 6H, 2CH3), 6.86–7.58 (m, 13H, C6H3, 2C6H5), 7.62 (s, 1H, NH), 13.36 (s, 1H, OH enol form). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 55.1, 55.1, 91.5, 98.3, 98.5, 106.5, 115.7, 118.2, 123.8, 126.2, 128.3, 128.3, 128.6, 128.6, 128.8, 128.8, 130.5, 130.5, 130.9, 132.9, 134.1, 134.8, 159.2, 160.0, 161.5, 169.4. MS (EI): m/z (%) 344 (100.00), 434 [M-2]+ (0.79), 437 [M+1]+ (1.82), 438 [M+2]+ (2.12). Anal. Calcd. for C26H20N4O3 (436.46): C, 71.55; H, 4.62; N, 12.84. Found: C, 71.20; H, 4.36; N, 13.10.

5-((1,5-Dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)diazenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-6-phenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (5a)

Dark red crystals; yield: 84% (3.57 g); mp: 253–255°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3436 (OH, NH), 3055 (CH-aromatic), 2921, 2855 (CH3), 2200 (CN), 1659, 1639 (2C=O), 1591, 1450 (C=C), 1526 (N=N). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 2.51, 3.08, 3.35 (3s, 9H, 3CH3), 7.35–7.88 (m, 10H, 2C6H5), 7.71 (s, 1H, NH). 13C-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 10.5, 13.1, 36.3, 99.1, 101.1, 115.5, 117.1, 123.3, 125.0, 125.0, 125.6, 126.8, 127.2, 172.2, 128.3, 128.3, 129.5, 129.5, 134.8, 135.3, 159.5, 160.5, 160.6, 169.5. Anal. Calcd. for C24H20N6O2 (424.45): C, 67.91; H, 4.75; N, 19.80. Found: C, 68.20; H, 4.60; N, 19.99.

5-((1,5-Dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)diazenyl)-2-oxo-4,6-diphenyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile (5b)

Dark orange crystals; yield: 93% (4.52 g); mp: 245–247°C; IR (KBr, ν cm−1): 3433 (OH, NH), 3059 (CH-aromatic), 2925, 2855 (CH3), 2200 (CN), 1660, 1641 (2C=O), 1587, 1410 (C=C). 1H-NMR (DMSO-d6) δ: 1.79, 2.97 (2s, 6H, 2CH3), 7.30–7.56 (m, 15H, 3C6H5), 7.58 (s, 1H, NH). MS (EI): m/z (%) 415 (100.00), 487 [M+1]+ (1.20). Anal. Calcd. for C29H22N6O2 (486.52): C, 71.95; H, 4.56; N, 17.27. Found: C, 71.60; H, 4.63; N, 16.98.


In Erlenmeyer flask, 5 mL from each organic compound number 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h, mixed with 5 mL from 1 mM Selenious acid and kept at room temperature for 24 hrs under stirring condition. The absorption spectrum of the sample was recorded on JASCO V-560 UV-visible spectrometer operating at a resolution of 1 nm with a slight modification of this method according to the reported method.50 The aqueous Se2+ ions (1 mM) were reduced to SeNPs when added to organic compound number 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h. This is indicated by the color change into reddish and the control showed no color change.

Methods for characterization of SeNPs

SeNPs were characterized by UV-Visible spectrophotometry and DLS, TEM analysis, and XRD.


UV-Visible Spectra of SeNPs were recorded as a function of wavelength from 200 to 900 nm at a resolution of 1 nm.


Average particle size and size distribution were determined and before measurements, the samples were diluted 10 times with de-ionized water. 250 µL of suspension was transferred to a disposable low volume cuvette. After equilibration to a temperature 25°C for 2 mins, five measurements were performed using 12 runs of 10 s each.


The size and morphology of the synthesized nanoparticles were recorded by using TEM. TEM studies were prepared by drop coating SeNPs onto carbon-coated TEM grids. The Film on the TEM grids was allowed to dry, the extra solution was removed using a blotting paper.


For XRD analysis, the adjusted sample was centrifuged, and the precipitate was dried under vacuum and taken for XRD analysis. XRD patterns were obtained with the XRD-6000 series, including stress analysis, residual austenite quantitation, crystallite size/lattice strain, crystallinity calculation, material analysis via overlaid XRD pattern Shimadzu apparatus using nickel-filter and Cu-Ka target, SSI, Kyoto, Japan. The average crystalline size of the NPs can also be determined using Debye–Scherrer equation: D=kλ/β Cos θ. Where D is the average crystalline size (nm), k is the Scherrer constant with the value from 0.9 to 1λ is the X-ray wavelength, β is the full width of half maximum and θ is the Bragg diffraction angle (degrees).

Spectral characterization, color assessment, and dyeing properties

Dyeing procedure

The dyeing process was performed by using a solution containing 5% dye (based on the weight of sample), ammonium persulphate at 120°C for 45 mins and 2 g/L dispersing agent. The solution of the dye was adjusted at Ph=4.5–5 by using acetic acid. In the end of dyeing time, a solution containing 5 g/L detergent was used to wash the fabric sample for several times. Finally, the fabric sample was rinsed with water and dried at ambient conditions. The color of the dyes on nylon 66 fibers is indicated51 (Table 1).

Color strength

At λmax=400 nm, the color strength of the dyed samples was measured and expressed as (K/S) (Table 1).

Fastness properties

According to the standard method,52 the color fastness to washing, rubbing (dry and wet crocking), and perspiration was determined (Table 1).

Colorfastness to washing testing

The colorfastness to washing test was occurred in accordance with test method (ISO 105-C01- 1989). Evaluation of the wash fastness was determined by using the Gray-scale for color change (Table 1).

Colorfastness to rubbing testing

This test is evaluated the degree of the color, which may be transferred from the colored fabric surface to another surface, by rubbing. Color fastness to rubbing test involving dry crocking test and wet crocking test which occurred by test method (ISO 105-X12/2001).

Colorfastness to perspiration testing

In this test, two artificial perspiration solutions were prepared (acidic solution and alkaline solution). The color fastness to perspiration test was occurred in accordance with test method (ISO 105–E 0 4-1994 –cor1/2002). The effect on the color was expressed and defined by reference to Gray-scale for color change.

Colorfastness to light testing

The light fastness test was occurred in accordance with test method AATCC Test Method 16 by using artificial light source, namely Xenon Arc lamp exposure as it is representative of natural daylight for 40 hrs. The effect on the color of the test samples was expressed by using color change Gray-scale 1–5.

Test microorganisms

The test microorganisms were used in the present study, Gram-positive, (Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213). Gram-negative (Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Escherichia coli ATCC 25922). Also, Aspergillus niger (RCMB 002568) were used to define the antifungal activity of the synthesized compounds.

Antimicrobial activity

The antimicrobial potential of newly synthesized compounds was investigated toward the test microorganisms and expressed as the diameter of the inhibition zones (as shown in Table 2), according to the agar plate diffusion method.53 Briefly, 100 µL of the test bacteria/fungi was grown in 10 mL of fresh media until they reached a count of approximately 108 cells/mL for bacteria or 105 cells/mL for fungi. One mL of each sample (at 0.5 mg/mL) was added to each well (10 mm diameter holes cut in the agar gel). The plates were incubated for 24 hrs at 37°C (for bacteria and yeast) and for 72 hrs at 27°C (for filamentous fungi), after incubation, the microorganism’s growth was observed. Tetracycline was used as standard antibacterial drugs while amphotericin B was used as standard antifungal drug. The resulting inhibition zone diameters were measured in millimeters and used as criterion for the antimicrobial activity. Solvent controls (DMSO) were included in every experiment as negative controls. DMSO was used for dissolving the tested compounds and showed no inhibition zones, confirming that it has no influence on growth of the tested microorganisms.

Table 2 In vitro antimicrobial activity of the newly synthesized compounds against bacterial and fungi species

MIC of the active compounds

The MIC of the most potent synthesized compounds were determined (as shown in Table 3), by the conventional paper disk diffusion method,54 by applying paper disk (266812 W. Germany 12.7 mm in diameters). Bacteria were grown on nutrient agar medium, while fungi and yeast were grown on Sabouraud agar medium. The purified synthesized compounds were dissolved in water and loaded on paper disks with different concentrations as the following (250, 125, 62.50, 31.25, 15.62, 7.81, 3.90, 1.95, 0.98, 0.49, 0.24, and 0.12 μg/mL). Drying disks were loaded on the surface of agar plates inoculated with test organism. Growth inhibition was examined after 24 hrs. from incubation at 37°C for bacteria and after 72 hrs. incubation at 27°C for fungi and yeast. Each test was repeated three times. MIC was expressed as the lowest concentration inhibiting test organism’s growth.

Table 3 The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of the synthesized compounds against pathogenic bacteria and fungi

Statistical analysis

The results were analyzed by using the software version 6.0 (Minitab 11.USA) and analysis of Variance (ANOVA analysis).

Results and discussion


In the current study, we are demonstrating the synthesis of novel polyfunctionalized heterocyclic compounds containing pyridinone moiety in the form of azo disperses dyes derivatives. The reaction of diazotized aniline derivatives or diazotized amino antipyrene with benzoyl acetone or dibenzoyl methane in sodium ethoxide afforded aryl hdrazo derivatives 1a–j and 4a–b, respectively. The latter in the same reaction mixture reacted with cyanoacetamide in sodium ethoxide by losing two molecules of water then follow 1,5-proton shift gave the dihydropyridine-3-carbonitrile derivatives 2a–j (Figure 1) and 5a–b (Figure 2), respectively. The structure of compound 2a was confirmed on the basis of analytical and spectral data. Thus, the 1H-NMR spectrum showed the presence of singlet at δ 2.62 ppm for the presence of CH3 moiety, multiplets at δ 7.19–7.47 ppm for two phenyl groups, and singlet at δ 8.60 ppm for the NH group. Moreover, the mass spectrum revealed m/z at 349 for molecular ion peak. Also, the structure of compound 2f was confirmed through 1H-NMR spectrum which showed multiplets at δ 6.94–7.57 ppm for the two phenyl moieties, singlet at δ 7.99 ppm for NH group and 13.37 ppm for the OH moiety. The mass spectrum showed m/z at 411 [M]+. The presence of the OH group in infrared at ν=3450 cm−1, cyano group at ν=2226 cm−1 and C=O at ν=1650 cm−1 confirmed the presence of tautomeric keto-Enol form structures. Some of the newly synthesized compounds were appeared in the enol form beside the keto form such as 2f, 2g, 2h, 2j. The 1H-NMR spectra of the previous compounds indicate the presence of the OH groups at δ=13.37 ppm for compound 2f, 13.31 ppm for 2g, 13.50 ppm for 2h and 13.36 ppm for 2j. Also, the IR spectra of the enol form for the previous compounds showed the presence of the OH group in the range ν=3300–3450 cm−1. On the other hand, all the prepared compounds tested for the synthesis of SeNPs only five compounds 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h gave positive result which indicated by the color change into reddish and the control showed no color change. Only the five compounds 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h with its (SeNps) were tested to determine their characterizations after dyeing process. The characterizations of the dyed fabrics were evaluated by the measurement of color strength (expressed as K/S) and the measurement of fastness properties by determining the wash, rub, perspiration, and light fastness. Also, SeNPs were characterized by UV-Visible spectrophotometry, DLS, X-RD, and TEM analysis. Moreover, the antimicrobial activity for all the synthesized compounds besides the five (SeNPs) compounds were evaluated and indicate that compounds 2b, 2bN, 2c, 2cN, 2f, 2fN, 2g, 2gN, 2h, 2hN, 2i, and 5b were the most active compounds toward the two bacterial species. Also, all the (SeNPs) synthesized compounds and compound 2h revealed higher antifungal activity toward the fungal strain. Also, the MIC test was performed on the most active compound. By comparing the reactivity of the (SeNPs) synthesized compounds and the other prepared azo disperse dyes compounds, we deduced that all the (SeNPs) synthesized compounds revealed higher antimicrobial activity toward bacterial and fungal species than the other synthesized compounds. From the other side, the fastness properties for the (SeNPs) synthesized products almost equal with that for the other prepared pyridine azo dye compounds except fastness for rubbing which indicate higher fastness in case of (SeNPs) synthesized compounds.

Characterization of SeNPs


The dispersion of SeNPs displays intense colors due to the Plasmon resonance absorption. The surface of a metal is like plasma, having free electrons in the conduction band and positively charged nuclei. Therefore, metallic nanoparticles have characteristic of optical absorption spectrum in the UV-Visible region. UV-Visible spectrum of SeNPs synthesized by organic compounds number 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h at room temperature have spectrum at λmax at 430, 440, 435, 445, and 455 nm, respectively, as shown in Figures S1S5 which exhibits the maximum absorption of prepared silver nanoparticles at 0.793, 0.719, 2.597, 0.850, and 2.262, respectively.


The average particle size was determined by DLS method and was found to be 29.8, 31.5, 23.1, 36.3, and 45.3 nm, respectively, as shown in Figures S6S10 for SeNPs of organic compounds number 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h, respectively at room temperature.


TEM examination of the solution containing SeNPs which synthesized by organic compounds number 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h, respectively at room temperature, demonstrated spherical particles within nano ranged from 31.5 to 51.22 nm as shown in Figures 37.

Figure 3 TEM image for selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound 2b at room temperature. Abbreviation: TEM, transmission electron microscope.

Figure 4 TEM image for selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound 2c at room temperature.Abbreviation: TEM, transmission electron microscope.

Figure 5 TEM image for selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound 2f at room temperature.Abbreviation: TEM, transmission electron microscope.

Figure 6 TEM image for selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound 2g at room temperature.Abbreviation: TEM, transmission electron microscope.

Figure 7 TEM image for selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound 2h at room temperature.Abbreviation: TEM, transmission electron microscope.


XRD pattern for the SeNPs was presented in Figure 8. Several peaks are observing, these being at selenium nanocomposite show the diffraction features appearing at nine theta (degree) as 23.2°, 30.5°, 41.7°, 44.3°, 46.4°, 52.3°, 56.7°, 62.5°, and 72.6°. These correspond to the (100), (101), (110), (102), (111), (201), (113), (202), and (210) planes of the standard cubic phase of Se, respectively. The XRD pattern indicated that SeNPs were in the face-centered cubic) structure and crystal in nature. The observation of diffraction peaks for the SeNPs indicates that these are crystalline in this size range while its refining is related to the particles in the nanometer size regime.

Figure 8 XRD pattern for the selenium nanoparticles synthesized by using compound (2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, and 2h) at room temperature.Abbreviation: XRD, X-Ray diffraction.

Figure 9 The most active synthesized compounds against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species.

Figure 10 The activity of the synthesized compounds against fungal strain.

Figure 11 The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of the most active compounds against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial species.

Figure 12 The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of the synthesized compounds against fungal strain.

Color assessment and dyeing properties

The newly synthesized dyes were applied to nylon 66 fabrics at 5% dye (based on the weight of sample) by the standard method and gave generally different colors on the dyed fabrics. The estimation fastness shades of the dyed fabrics were analyzed and tests by Gray-scale for color change, the results were expressed in terms of color ratings 1–5 (Table 1). By comparing the results which showed for azo dyes and its SeNPs, in general, the data revealed that rubbing fastness of the compounds, assessed in terms of dry and wet, indicated good fastness to rubbing for both dry and wet for SeNPs dyes number 2bN, 2fN, 2gN, and 2hN. Wash fastness ratings for change in color are good for dyes number 2f, 2fN, 2g, 2gN, and 2h. Perspiration fastness properties (acidic and alkaline) of the dyed samples in terms of ratings for staining of adjacent fabrics and change are good for dyes number 2b, 2bN, 2c, 2g, and 2gN which indicated the stability of the dyes toward degradation under either acidic or basic conditions. Also, light fastness for most of the synthesized dyes was of a generally of good order.

Antimicrobial activity

All the synthesized dyes are tested against bacterial and fungal species which indicate that compounds 2b, 2bN, 2c, 2cN, 2f, 2fN, 2g, 2gN, 2h, 2hN, 2i, and 5b were the most active compounds toward G+ and G− bacterial species, while compounds 2bN, 2cN, 2fN, 2gN, 2h, and 2hN were the most active against fungal strain. The MIC of the most active compounds (2b, 2bN, 2c, 2cN, 2fN, 2g, 2gN, 2h, 2hN, and 2i) against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacterial species and fungal strain was evaluated. We conclude from this study that all the SeNPs synthesized compounds revealed higher antimicrobial activity than the other prepared compounds.


The objective of the present work was to prepare a variety and novel of pyridine azo disperse dye derivatives with antibacterial activity and their SeNPs with good fastness properties. The reaction of diazotized aniline derivatives or diazotized amino antipyrene and cyanoacetamide with any of dibenzoyl methane or benzoyl acetone in strong basic medium sodium ethoxide afforded the pyridine azo dye derivatives. The study of the dyeing characteristics of the newly synthesized compounds and its (SeNPs), on nylon 66 fabrics, revealed high color strength, good wash fastness, good rub fastness, good perspiration as well as good light fastness. The prepared (SeNPs) compounds were characterized by UV spectrophotometry (DLS), (XRD), and (TEM) analysis. The antibacterial activity of the new novel products revealed that compounds 2b, 2bN, 2c, 2cN, 2f, 2fN, 2g, 2gN, 2h, 2hN, 2i, and 5b were the most active compounds toward all and some (at least two strains) of the Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. Also, compounds 2bN, 2cN, 2fN, 2gN, 2h, and 2hN showed higher antifungal activity. Moreover, the MIC for the most active compounds was evaluated. As a result of the study, all the (SeNPs) synthesized compounds revealed enhancing in their antimicrobial activity than the other synthesized compounds.


Professor Maher H. E. Helal and Associate Prof. Amira E. M. Abdallah would like to express his deepest thanks to Faculty of Science Helwan University for the financial support through the research project.

Author contributions

All authors conceived, designed and performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote and approved the final manuscript and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.


The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.


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