Organic Communications

Year: 2018  Volume: 11  Issue: 2



Reaction of O-methylated flavones with semicarbazide: Serendipitous selective demethylation

Bala Murali Krishna Khandapu, Baby Ramana Mutchu, Vijaya Durga Thripuram, Naresh Polam , Rambabu Anandam , Ramesh Navudu and Hari Babu Bollikolla

Departmentof Chemistry, Acharya Nagarjuna University, NNagar-522510, Guntur, AP-India

Abstract: An unusual reaction of selective demethylation of 5-O-methylated flavones, during the reaction with semicarbazide in glacial acetic acid, is reported. The generality of the method was ascertained for various 5-O-methylated flavones. However, the method is unsuitable for chalcones, flavanones, aurones, and acetophenones. Four different flavones including heterocyclic flavone were selectively demethylated and the products were characterized by their spectral data.


Keywords: Flavones; semicarbazide; serendipitous; selective demethylation. © 2018 ACG Publications. All rights reserved.