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Research Article - (2015) Volume 6, Issue 6

Crystal Growth, Structural Analysis, Characterization, Conformational Stability and Quantum Chemical Calculation of the Pharmaceutical Compound – P-Arsanilic Acid

Sangeetha M1, Mathammal R1*, Mekala R1 and Krishnakumar V2
1Department of Physics, Sri Sarada College for Women (Autonomous), Tamilnadu, India
2Department of Physics, Periyar University, Tamilnadu, India
*Corresponding Author: Mathammal R, Department of Physics, Sri Sarada College for Women (Autonomous), Salem-16, Tamilnadu, India, Tel: +91 427 2447664 Email:


p-Arsanilic acid ,which is otherwise known as 4-amino phenyl arsonic acid, is a bioactive compound. Single crystals of p-Arsanilic acid (pAsA) are grown successfully under slow evaporation technique. The crystallinity and parameters of the grown crystal are determined with the powder x-ray diffraction result. The functional groups are characterized by FTIR and FT-RAMAN spectra. The UV spectrum reveals its application in the optoelectronic field. The molecular structure of the title compound is studied using density functional theory (DFT). The vibrational frequencies and the potential energy distribution (PED) are calculated using DFT/B3LYP 6-31+G** basis set. The stability of the molecule is determined by various conformers in the computational method. The HOMO-LUMO (Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital – Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital) charge transfer and Non-Linear Optical (NLO) property determination were carried out. The electrophilic and nucleophilic attack of the molecule is studied using the MEP (Molecular Electrostatic Potential). The theoretical prediction of the thermodynamic properties helps in analysing the future application of the title compound.


The physical properties of the solid state seen in crystals and powders of both drugs and pharmaceutical excipients are of interest because they can affect both the production of dosage forms and the performance of the finished product. The nature of the crystalline form of a drug may affect its stability in the solid state, its solution properties and its absorption. In order to study the stability and bioactivity of the title pharmaceutical compound, it is chosen for crystal growth and its properties are studied theoretically in detail.

The use of arsenic and its compounds are very popular in the production of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. They are used as food additives in the poultry and swine industries in developing countries [1-3]. As a food additive, they control disease, simulate growth and improve both feed efficiency and conversion in animals. Majority of the organoarsenic compounds are not metabolized in the poultry and are excreted chemically unchanged and the manure is turned into fertilizer pellets for commercial use.

After the application of the fertilizer to soil, microbial activity and the presence of ultraviolet light lead to the formation of other organic arsenic species [4-6]. This in turn poses a number of health and environmental concerns. Since arsenic, in its various forms, is a known Carcinogen [7-11] it has been correlated with hypertension as well as other cardio metabolic diseases [12]. Arsanilic acid is used in the laboratory, for instance in recent modification of nanoparticles. It is also launched in chemotherapeutic approach for treating infectious diseases of humanbeings.

Density Functional Theory (DFT) is an effective cum economical tool for studying the structural properties of the molecule. Spectroscopic techniques eminently help in determining the dynamic behaviour of the electronic and molecular structures of natural products at microscopic level [13,14]. In this work, DFT technique is employed to study the complete vibrational spectra of p-Arsanilic acid.

Crystal Growth and Characterization Techniques

The pure sample of p-Arsanilic acid is purchased from Spectro. Chem Ltd, Mumbai, India and used as such for crystal growth. From the solubility test, sodium carbonate solution is found to be the good solvent. To the 50ml of sodium carbonate solution, the titled substance is dissolved up to the supersaturated state. Then the solution was filtered and kept undisturbed for slow evaporation. The nucleation began after 30 days. A single crystal of 20 x 10 x 5 mm3 size was harvested at the seventh week. The transparency of the crystal is shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Grown crystal of p-Arsanilic acid.

The grown crystal is subjected to powder x-ray diffraction studies to reveal the crystallinity of the substance. The powdered sample is scanned in the range 10-90° C at a scan rate of 2o/min using the JEOL JDX services instrument with CuKα (λ = 1.5406A°) radiation. The room temperature FTIR spectrum of the title compound is measured in the region 4000- 400 cm-1 with the scanning speed of 10 cm-1 min-1 and the spectral resolution of 4.0 cm-1 by employing Perking-Elmer spectrometer. The FT-Raman spectrum of the compound is recorded using Bruker FRA 106/S instrument equipped with Nd: YAG laser source operating at 1064 nm line widths with 100mW power. The spectrum is recorded in the range of 4000-10 cm-1. 1H and 13C NMR (400 MHz; DMSO) spectra are recorded using BRUKER TPX-400 FT-NMR spectrometer. The optical absorption spectrum is recorded using Perkin-Elmer Lamda 935 UVVIS- NIR spectrometer. The non- linear optical activity of the compound is determined using Kurtz powder technique.

Computational Details

Density functional theory (DFT) is extensively used due to their accuracy and low computational cost to calculate a wide variety of molecular properties and provided reliable results which were in accordance with experimental data. The molecular structure of pAsA and corresponding vibrational harmonic frequencies are calculated using Becke3-Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) with 6-31+G** basis set using GAUSSIAN 09W [15] program package. No constraints are imposed on the structure during the geometry optimizations. The vibrational analyses, calculated at the same level of theory, indicate that the optimized structures are at the stationary points corresponding to local minima without any imaginary frequency.

Electronic properties: HOMO-LUMO energies, absorption wavelengths and oscillator strengths are calculated using B3LYP method, based on the optimized structure in gas phase. Thermodynamic properties of the title compound at different temperatures are calculated in gas phase. Moreover, the dipole moment, linear polarizabilities, hyperpolarizabilities and Mulliken atomic charge are also studied. The natural bonding orbital (NBO) calculations are performed using Gaussian 09 package at the same level in order to understand various second order interactions between the filled orbitals of one subsystem and vacant orbitals of another subsystem, which quantify the intermolecular delocalization or hyper conjugation. The second order perturbation theory analysis of Fock matrix in NBO basis of pAsA is carried out to evaluate the donor-acceptor interactions. The interactions result is a loss of occupancy from the localized NBO of the idealized Lewis structure into an empty non- Lewis orbital. 1H and 13C chemical shifts were calculated with GIAO approach [16] by applying B3LYP/6-31+G** method.

Results and Discussion

Powder X-Ray diffraction studies

The powder x-ray diffraction analysis helps in determining the crystalline nature of the grown crystal. Using the JEOL JDX services instrument with CuKα (λ = 1.5406A°) radiation the sample is scanned with the range 10–90° C at a scan rate of 2o /min. The crystal belongs to monoclinic type and the lattice parameters obtained from the Powder XRD data are given below.

a = 7.241 (2)

b = 6.214(1)

c = 8.643 (1)

β = 101.19 (1)°

V= 381.5 (1) Ao3

The crystallinity of pAsA is well defined by the prominent peaks at specific 2θ values which can be seen in Figure 2. The d-spacing and their relative intensities of the diffraction peaks are tabulated in Table 1.


Figure 2: Powder X-ray diffraction pattern of pAsA crystals.

FWHM d-spacing [Ao]
10.857 0.281 8.142
13.125 0.221 6.740
19.597 0.191 4.5262
22.988 0.258 3.8657
24.511 0.15 3.629
29.54 0.49 3.022
32.574 0.23 2.7467
35.03 0.17 2.559
39.017 0.273 2.3067
44.03 0.35 2.0551
46.529 0.3 1.9627

Table 1: X-ray powder diffraction data of pAsA crystals.

Conformational stability and molecular geometry

In order to determine the most stable structure of p-AsA, the energies of various conformers were calculated. The optimization was performed for the most stable conformer with global minimum energy. The conformers with their energy values are shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3: Various Conformers of p-Arsanilic acid.

The molecular geometry of the title compound is described on the basis of bond lengths, bond angles and dihedral angles. The optimized parameters are tabulated in Table 2. The compound under investigation belong to C1 point group symmetry with the global minimum energy E=-2747.732 Hartree. The optimized structure reveals that pAsA to be zwitter ionic form and it is shown in Figure 3a. The C-C bond length for pAsA calculated at B3LYP/6-31+G** level lies in the range 1.3883 to 1.4106 A0. This coincides with the analogous molecule whose C-C bond length varies from 1.358 to 1.491 A0 [17]. The presence of electronegative arsenic atom has reduced the calculated C-N bond length and it slightly varies from the experimental value (1.47 A0) [18]. The substitution of arsenic in the ring exerts a valence electron cloud of nitrogen atom resulting in an increase force constant and decrease in bond length. The bond length between carbon and arsenic is probably large due to the electronegative nature of the arsenic. The As14-O15 and As14-O17 bond lengths, have the values 1.7702 and 1.7825 A0, which coincides with the analogous molecule respectively [19]. The As14-O19 bond distance is reduced to 1.63 A0 because of the inductive effect of the amino group. The O15-H16 bond and O17-H18 bond takes the value 0.9699 and 0.9705 A0 respectively, which coincide with the analogous molecule [20].

Parameters Theoretical Parameters Theoritical
Bond Length      
C1-C2 1.4106 As14-O15-H16 110.2084
C1-C6 1.4089 As14-O17-H18 107.6598
C1-N11 1.3843 Dihedral Angle  
C2-C3 1.3883 C6-C1-C2-C3 0.01
C2-H7 1.0868 C6-C1-C2-H7 179.7716
C3-C4 1.4013 N11-C1-C2-C3 -177.7358
C3-H8 1.0852 N11-C1-C2-H7 2.0257
C4-C5 1.4008 C2-C1-C6-C5 -0.0027
C4-As14 1.8917 C2-C1-C6-H10 -179.8692
C5-C6 1.39 N11-C1-C6-C5 177.7399
C5-H9 1.0859 N11-C1-C6-H10 -2.1265
C6-H10 1.0867 C2-C1-N11-H12 -162.6903
N11-H12 1.0093 C2-C1-N11-H13 -19.8578
N11-H13 1.0093 C6-C1-N11-H12 19.606
As14-O15 1.7702 C6-C1-N11-H13 162.4384
As14-O17 1.7825 C1-C2-C3-C4 -0.112
As14-O19 1.6363 C1-C2-C3-H8 -179.6999
O15-H16 0.9699 H7-C2-C3-C4 -179.873
O17-H18 0.9705 C2-C3-C4-C5 0.205
Bond Angle   C2-C3-C4-As14 179.585
C2-C1-C6 118.7955 H8-C3-C4-C5 179.7891
C2-C1-N11 120.5152 H8-C3-C4-As14 -0.8309
C6-C1-N11 120.6505 C3-C4-C5-C6 -0.1977
C1-C2-C3 120.49 C3-C4-C5-H9 -179.7452
C1-C2-H7 119.6407 As14-C4-C5-C6 -179.5954
C3-C2-H7 119.8688 As14-C4-C5-H9 0.857
C2-C3-C4 120.3845 C3-C4-As14-O15 48.8603
C2-C3-H8 119.3488 C3-C4-As14-O17 -54.3744
C4-C3-H8 120.2654 C3-C4-As14-O19 178.6839
C3-C4-C5 119.4813 C5-C4-As14-O15 -131.7558
C3-C4-As14 121.6775 C5-C4-As14-O17 125.0095
C5-C4-As14 118.8384 C5-C4-As14-O19 -1.9321
C4-C5-C6 120.4021 C4-C5-C6-C1 0.0974
C4-C5-H9 119.6425 C4-C5-C6-H10 179.9637
C6-C5-H9 119.9538 H9-C5-C6-C1 179.6436
C1-C6-C5 120.4463 H9-C5-C6-H10 -0.4901
C1-C6-H10 119.7126 C4-As14-O15-H16 -175.285
C5-C6-H10 119.841 O17-As14-O15-H16 -64.9221
C1-N11-H12 117.6733 O19-As14-O15-H16 54.5602
C1-N11-H13 117.7007 C4-As14-O17-H18 -114.98
H12-N11-H13 11.1385 015-As14-O17-H18 139.7087
C4-As14-O15 101.6574 O19-As14-O17-H18 15.7467
C4-As14-O17 107.8318 - -
C4-As14-O19 117.906 - -
O15-As14-O17 98.718 - -
O15-As14-O19 117.371 - -
O17-As14-O19 111.2429 - -

Table 2: Optimized geometrical parameters of p-Arsanilic acid.


Figure 3a: Optimised structure of p-AsA with atom numbering.

The distortion in the ring is mainly due to the substituents and its consideration is very important. Among the six angles of ring, the angle C6-C1-C2 and C5-C4-C3 have a slight variation because of the presence of amine and arsenic group. The geometry optimization performed on the title compound indicates that it exhibits intramolecular hydrogen bond interaction. The magnitude of the bond angles O15-As14-O17 and O19-As14-O17 are 98.72o and 111.24o respectively, which indicates that As14-O17 is not symmetrically disposed on As14 and tilted towards O19 atom to form H-bonding between O19 and H18 atoms. The magnitude of the bond angles C1-N11-H12 and C1-N11-H13 is 117.6 and 117.70o respectively, which indicates that C1-N11 bond, is symmetrically disposed on C1.

Vibrational analysis

A complete vibrational assignment for the title compound is obtained using Gauss view program. The potential energy distribution (PED) illustrates the frequency distribution for the molecule under study. Most of the calculated frequencies are in coincidence with the available data. The optimized structure of pAsA comes under C1 symmetry and has 51 normal modes of vibrations. The observed and calculated frequencies are summarised in the Table 3. The experimental and calculated FTIR spectra and FT-RAMAN spectra are shown in Figure 4 and 5.

Observed frequencies (in cm-1) Calculated frequencies (in cm-1) IR intensity Raman intensity PED(%)
Unscaled frequencies Scaled frequencies
- - 21  20 0.3095  3.3950   τHOAsC(92)
- 72 83   80 1.3174  3.2423   τring(44),δAsCCC(35), δOCOAs(15)
- 101 102 97 3.0357 0.9722 δAsCC(43),δOCOAs(20), βOAsO(11)
- 130 142  136 44.0230    1.9336   δOAsO(39),τHOAsC(36), βAsCC(11)
- - 177   169 4.0025 0.2230   δOCOAs(26), τring(22)
- 192 228 218 21.8340 1.5824 τHOAsC(39), δOAsO(27)
- 241 233  223 23.5420 9.8303   νAsC(35),βOAsO(29)
- - 282               269 25.0923 1.2246   δOCOAs(44),βOAsO(13),τHOAsC(11)
- - 295 282 31.7708 1.5450 βOAsO(43), τHOAsC(24)
- - 334               319 117.3647              2.8311   βOAsO(54), νAsC(13)
- - 349               334 104.0826   1.3573   τHOAsC(28), δAsCCC(14)
- - 352 337 54.6721 0.9138 δOCOAs(28) δAsCCC(14)
- - 354              339 7.7920   0.1847   τHNCC(83)
- 362 406               388 0.2051               1.0149   βNCC(64), βAsCC(10)
- 401 435 416 330.4568 8.7377 βHNCC(83)
- 415 436               417 1.4405 0.0717   τring(79),τNCCC(10)
516 - 537               514 16.2490   0.5584   βring(54), τHOAsC(17)
610 - 619 592 2.7211 4.5056 βring(54), νAsC(23)
616 613 649               620 1.6575               5.4753 βring(79)
636 634 681               651 130.2023               24.6207 νAsO(93)
- - 701 670 130.6002 15.7532 νAsO(94)
744 726 773               739 0.2750 0.1604 τring(48), τNCCC(22)
- - 835               799 14.0495   25.8755   νCC(28), τHCCN(22), νCN(13)
- 808 838 801 2.1537 8.1850 τHCCN(63), τHCCC(11)
826 830 848  810 47.5682 3.2203 τHCCN(57), τHCCC(14)
- - 971   928 41.1559 18.3490   νAsO(74) ,βHOAs(18)
    992 948 111.4965 1.9601 βHOAs(95)
975  - 1009   965 138.4029   1.9005   βHOAs(57), νAsO(19)
976 - 1014   970 7.0007 0.0720   τHCCC(51), τHCCN(20), τring(12)
- - 1025 980 18.6809 7.2956 βHCC(40), νCC(22)
- - 1037              992 0.5479   0.1766   τHCCC(56), τHCCN(20), τring(18)
1019 1012 1071              1024 0.4095 0.4537 βHNC(62), νCC(22)
1096 1094 1115 1066 75.6260 33.3023 νCC(49), νCAs(16)
- - 1156              1105 3.5097 0.5701   βHCC(47), νCC(27)
1140 - 1215              1162 39.2371               5.9179   βHCC(72)
1234 - 1328 1269 101.4780 7.8833 νCN(51)
- 1289 1341              1282 10.4023   1.1439   νCC(39), βHCC(33)
1326 - 1372              1312 1.1265   0.3068   βHCC(24)νCC(23), βHCN(14)
1414 - 1465 1400 6.2808 0.2752 νCC(40), βHCC(31)
1474 - 1545              1477 58.6103   3.1089   βHCC(53)
- - 1613              1542 9.2024 1.2640 νCC(71)
1571 - 1647 1575 72.1447 49.1366 νCC(37), βHNH(20)
1602 1594 1670             1596 265.0262 48.4841 βHNH(68)
2820 - 3182 3042 11.7466 100.3993 νCH(91)
2905 2993 3183 3043 11.7947 91.5474 νCH(98)
3033 3061 3206              3065 4.7684   86.0142               νCH(99)
- 3150 3210              3069 3.5663 102.8208               νCH(92)
3405 - 3595 3437 52.4562 263.5943 νNH(100)
- 3482 3709              3506 26.5557               64.5784 νNH(100)
- 3603 3799              3633 101.1245 89.7011               νOH(99)
- - 3805 3638 99.7559 227.7897 νOH(99)

ν – Stretching, β – bending, δ –out of plane, τ – torsion, PED- Potential Energy Distribution.

Table 3: Observed and B3LYP/6-31+G**level calculated vibrational frequencies (in cm-1 ) of p-Arsanilic acid.


Figure 4: Comparison of observed and B3LYP/6-31+G** calculated FTIR spectra of p-Arsanilic acid.


Figure 5: Comparison of Observed and B3LYP/6 -31+G** Calculated FTRAMAN spectra of p-Arsanilic acid.

C-C vibrations: Generally, the C-C stretching vibration occurs in the region 1625-1430 cm-1. The actual position of these modes is determined not so much by the form of substituents but by the form of substitution around the ring [21].The bands at 1571 cm-1, 1414 cm-1, 1289 cm-1, 1096 cm-1 in the IR and 1289 cm-1, 1094 cm-1 in Raman are assigned for CC stretching. The corresponding calculated frequencies take the values 1575, 1542, 1400, 1282, 1066 cm-1. In aromatic ring, some bands are below 700 cm-1. These bands are quite sensitive to change in nature and position of the substituents [22-25]. The in-plane vibration is at higher frequency than the out-of-plane vibration, which is due to the substituent group. The ring vibrations are observed at 516, 610, 616 cm-1 in IR, 614 cm-1 in Raman and their corresponding calculated frequencies are 514, 592 and 620 cm-1. The ring torsional deformation vibrations are predicted at 726, 415 and 72 cm-1, which are active in Raman.

C-H vibrations: The aromatic C-H stretching vibrations are normally found between 3100 and 3000 cm-1. In this region, the bands are not affected appreciably by the nature of the substituents. The CH stretching mode is assigned to the peak at 2802, 2905 and 3033 cm-1 in the IR and the Raman active modes are at 2993, 3061 and 3150 cm-1.The calculated frequencies at 3069,3065 and 3042 cm-1 also depict the CH stretching vibrations.

The region 1300-1000 cm-1 is expected for CH in-plane bending vibrations. Similarly for the title molecule the bands at 1326 and 1140 cm-1 are allotted for in-plane bending in IR spectrum. The CH out - of - plane vibrations is expected in the range 1000-700 cm-1. For this molecule, the peak at 976 cm-1 is assigned for out –of –plane bending vibration and the calculated frequencies are 970 and 990 cm-1.

As-O vibrations: The As-O stretching and bending vibrations are expected to appear in the region 1000-300 cm-1 [26]. However, the calculated band located at 928 cm-1 is assigned to the stretching mode of As-O band. The bond distance of As-OH types are 1.78 and 1.77Ao. The greatest distance corresponds to the lowest wavenumbers at 670 and 651 cm-1. The bands due to symmetric and asymmetric bending vibrations are identified in the 550-400 cm-1 frequency region in IR spectra. Two bands located at 319 and 282 cm-1 are assigned to asymmetric bending mode, whereas the symmetric mode appears at 136 cm-1.

O-H and N-H vibrations: In dilute solutions, O-H stretching appears as a sharp band at higher frequency around 3600 cm-1 due to free O-H group. In spectra of undiluted liquids or solids, intermolecular hydrogen bonding broadens the band and shifts its position to lower frequency (3200–3500 cm-1)[27]. The peak at 3603 cm-1 in Raman is assigned to O-H stretching and the calculated frequency also falls at 3633 cm-1 with 100% PED contribution. The OH bending vibrations are observed in the region 965 and 948 cm-1 which coincides with the experimental data.

It is stated that in amines, the N-H stretching vibrations occur in the range 3400-3300 cm-1 [28]. With reference to this, the vibrational frequencies observed at 3482 in Raman and 3405 in IR are assigned to NH stretching modes. The peak observed at 1234 cm-1 is allotted for C-NH2 stretching mode. The in-plane –NH2 bending vibration falls from 1650-1580 cm-1. The IR peak at 1602 cm-1 and Raman peak at 1594cm-1 is allotted for NH2 bending vibration. Likewise, the out- ofplane bending -NH2 band at 826 cm-1 in the IR 830 cm-1 in Raman is assigned to the amino group deformation mode.

NMR analysis

NMR serves as a great resource in determining the structure of an organic compound by revealing the hydrogen and carbon skeleton. Chemical shifts of pAsA are determined experimentally and the theoretical chemical shifts are predicted using Gauge – Invariant Atomic Orbitals (GIAO). The 1H atom is mostly localized on periphery of the molecules and their chemical shifts would be more susceptible to inter molecular interactions in the aqueous solutions as compared to that of other heavier atoms. The chemical shift (δ) value provides information on the magnetic/chemical environment of the protons. Protons next to electron withdrawing groups are deshielded, whereas protons next to electron-donating groups are shielded [29].The experimental and calculated13C and 1H NMR chemical shifts of the title molecule are gathered in Table 4. The hydrogen atoms attached to the electron withdrawing oxygen atom in the hydroxyl group decrease the shielding. This results in the low chemical shift for the hydroxyl protons. Whereas, the protons attached to the ring are in the range 6.87 - 8.04 ppm and the experimental values also fall in the same range coinciding with the theoretical data. Usually aromatic carbons possess the chemical shift values from 100 -150 ppm. Due to the influence of electronegative nitrogen atom, the chemical shift value of C1 of pAsA is significantly differing in the shift position and the corresponding value is 151.08 ppm. The experimental and calculated NMR spectra of 1H and 13C are shown in Figures 6 and 7.

C Atoms Experimental Value Theoretical Value H Atoms Experimental Value Theoretical value
C1             151.08 136.806 H9 7.41 8.0449
C5 131.66 120.513 H8 7.39 7.9839
C3 131.38 118.83 H10 6.584 6.9026
C4 123.20 107.623 H7 6.563 6.8766
C2 113.05 100.052 H12 3.886 3.9084
C6 113.05 98.8976 H13 2.496 3.8931
- - - H16 2.500 2.9492
- - - H18 2.505 2.8436

Table 4: Experimental and Theoretical isotropic chemical shifts of p-Arsanilic acid.


Figure 6: Experimental and Calculted 1H NMR Spectrum of pAsA.


Figure 7: Experimental and Calculted 13C NMR Spectrum of pAsA.

Frontier molecular orbitals

The analysis of the wave function indicates that the electron absorption corresponds to a transition from the ground state to the excited state and is mainly described by one electron excitation from the HOMO to LUMO. Both HOMO and LUMO are the main orbital taking part in chemical reaction. HOMO energy characterizes the capability of electron giving; LUMO characterizes the capability of electron accepting [30]. The frontier orbital gap helps to characterize the chemical reactivity, optical polarizability, chemical hardness and softness of a molecule [31]. The surfaces for the frontier orbital are drawn to understand the bonding scheme of the title compound. Two important molecular orbital (MO) were examined for the title compound, the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) are given in Figure 8. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies are -0.23498eV and -0.03750eV and the resulting band gap energy is 0.19748eV. The chemical stability of a molecule is determined by the hard and soft nature of it. HOMO-LUMO energy gap helps to find whether the molecule is hard or soft. Hard molecules have large energy gap and soft molecules have small energy gap. The soft molecules are more polarizable than the hard ones because they need small energy for excitation. The hardness value of a molecule can be determined as η = (-HOMO+LUMO)/2. The value of η of the title molecule is 0.13624eV. Hence, it shows that the title compound belongs to soft material.


Figure 8: The atomic orbital compositions of the frontier molecular orbital for p- Arsanilic acid.

NBO analysis

The NBO analysis is already proved to be an effective tool for the chemical interpretation of hyperconjugative interaction and electron density transfer from the filled lone pair electron [32]. In order to investigate the various second - order interaction between the filled orbitals of one subsystem and vacant orbitals of another subsystem the DFT/B3LYP level has been used, and it predicts the delocalization or hyperconjugation[33]. The hyperconjugative interaction energy can be deduced from the second-order perturbation approach [34]:

E(2) =ΔEij =qj F(i,j)2j - εi

Where qj is the ith donor orbital occupancy, εj , εi are diagonal elements(orbital energies) and F(i,j) is the off-diagonal NBO Fock matrix elements.

The intramolecular interactions are formed by the orbital overlap between bonding (C-C), (C-As) and (As-O) antibonding orbital which results in the intra molecular charge transfer (ICT) causing stabilization of the system. These interactions are observed as increase in electron density(ED) in C-As, As-O antibonding orbital that weakens the respective bonds. A large number of stabilizing orbital interactions are calculated in pAsA and they are listed in Table 5.

Donor(I) Types of Bond Occupancy Acceptor(J) Types of Bond Occupancy E(2) Kcal/Mol E(i)-E(j)a.u F(i,j)
C1-C6 π 1.60800 C2-C3 π* 0.30266 14.39 0.28 0.058
    1.60800 C4-C5 π* 0.41175 28.92 0.27 0.079
C2-C3 π 1.71091 C1-C6 π* 0.40060 22.67 0.28 0.073
    1.71091 C4-C5 π* 0.41175 14.29 0.27 0.057
C4-C5 π 1.69512 C1-C6 π* 0.40060 13.69 0.28 0.057
    1.69512 C2-C3 π* 0.30266 23.73 0.29 0.074
C4-As14 σ 1.93366 As14-O15 σ* 0.20270 6.85 0.69 0.064
    1.93366 As14-O17 σ* 0.21155 7.80 0.69 0.068
    1.93366 As14-O19 σ* 0.09141 7.32 0.79 0.069
As14-O17 σ 1.96936 As14-O15 σ* 0.20270 6.60 0.80 0.068
As14-O19 σ 1.95966 As14-O17 σ* 0.21155 7.51 0.86 0.075
LPN11   1.81804 C1-C6 π* 0.40060 32.32 0.31 0.095
LPO15   1.94078 As14-O17 σ* 0.21155 7.68 0.42 0.053
      As14-O19 σ* 0.09141 6.13 0.52 0.051
LPO19   1.85321 C4-As14 σ* 0.13448 13.73 0.44 0.069
    1.85321 As14-O17 σ* 0.21155 12.40 0.34 0.059
LPO19   1.82500 As14-O15 σ* 0.20270 22.09 0.34 0.078
    1.82500 As14-O19 σ* 0.21155 13.48 0.34 0.061
  π* 0.41175 C2-C3 π* 0.30266 230.77 0.01 0.078
C4-As14 σ* 0.13448 As14-O19 σ* 0.09141 41.40 0.01 0.059

Table 5: The second-order perturbation energies E (2) (kcal/mol) corresponding to the most important charge transfer interactions (donor-acceptor) in pAsA by B3LYP/6- 31+G** method.

The strong intra-molecular hyper-conjugative interaction of LP(2) O15→ σ*(As14-O19) increases the electron density ED(0.051e) that weakens the bonds leading to stabilization of 6.13 kcal/mol. Also the strong intra-molecular hyper-conjugative interaction of LP (2) O15→ σ*(As14-O17) weakens the respective bonds leading to stabilization 7.68 kcal/mol. Another strong intra – molecular hyper- conjugative interactions of C1-C6 from LP (1) N11 → π*C1-C6 increases ED (0.095e) that weakens the respective bonds leading to stabilization of 32.32 kcal/mol. These interactions are observed as an increase in electron density(ED) in C-C antibonding orbital that weakens the respective bonds. The increased electron density at the carbon atom leads to the elongation of respective bond length and a lowering of the corresponding stretching wave number.

UV-Vis spectra analysis

The grown crystal is subjected to UV-Vis-NIR spectral analysis and the lower cut-off wavelength is found to be 240nm. The wide transparency region in the visible and NIR region proves the molecule to be a good one for optical applications. The absorbance peak of the UV-Vis-NIR spectra is shown in Figure 9. Energy gap of pAsA is calculated by using the formula given below.


Figure 9: Theoretically calculated and experimental UV-Vis spectrum of p-Arsanilic acid.

E = 1.243 X 103 [35]


Where, λ is the lower cutoff wavelength and the energy gap value is found as 5.1375 eV

Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculation is performed for pAsA on the basis of fully optimized ground state structure to investigate the electronic absorption properties. The λmax values which are the function of electron availability, electronic excitation energies and oscillator strength are obtained from the UVVisible spectra, simulated theoretically with B3LYP/6-31+G** basis set. The experimental and calculated visible absorption maxima are tabulated in Table 6. The theoretically predicted UV-Vis spectra are visualized in Figure 9, as can be seen from Table 6, the calculated absorption maxima values for pAsA have been found to be 267.96, 263.03 and 260.36nm. The oscillator strength for 260.36 nm is of higher in magnitude compared to other transitions. The absorption band of pAsA at the longer wave length region 267.96nm is caused by the n – π* transition.

Excited state Wavelengthλ(nm) Experimental Theoretical Excitation energy(eV) Oscillator strength(f)
S1 240.19 267.96 4.6270 0.1442
S2     - 263.03 4.7137 0.0074
S3     - 260.36 4.7620 0.6156

Table 6: Experimental and Theoretical electronic absorption spectra values of p-Arsanilic acid using TD-DFT/B3LYP/6-31+G**.

Molecular electrostatic potential

The molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) is used primarily for predicting sites and relative reactivities towards electrophilic attack, in studies of biological recognition and hydrogen bonding interactions [36]. To predict the reactive sites for electrophilic and nucleophilic attack for pAsA, the MEP at the B3LYP/6-31+G** method is calculated as shown in Figure 10. Different colours on the MEP represent the different values of the electrostatic surface. The electrostatic potential increases in the order red


Figure 10: The total electron density isosurface mapped with molecular electrostatic potential of p-Arsanilic acid.

As seen from the Figure 10, in the pAsA the amine group region has negative potential and As-OH region has positive potential. The predominance of the light green region of MEPs surface corresponds to a potential halfway between the two extremes red and dark blue colour. The positive (blue) region of MEP is related to electrophilic reactivity and the negative (red) regions to nucleophilic reactivity.

Mulliken population analysis

The calculated Mulliken charges and natural charges of pAsA are listed in Table 7. The Mulliken analysis is the most common population analysis method. Mulliken atomic charge calculation has a significant role in the application of quantum chemical calculations to molecular systems because the atomic charges affect some properties of molecular system including dipole moment and molecular polarizability.

Atoms Mulliken charges Atomic charges
C1 -0.123 0.701
C2 0.423 -0.238
C3 -0.333 0.130
C4 -0.512 -0.478
C5 -0.467 0.128
C6 0.436 -0.236
H7 0.117 0.021
H8 0.144 0.062
H9 0.162 0.079
H10 0.118 0.023
N11 -0.589 -0.797
H12 0.295 0.207
H13 0.294 0.207
As14 1.144 2.244
O15 -0.589 -0.863
H16 0.370 0.284
O17 -0.610 -0.874
H18 0.366 0.278
O19 -0.647 -0.879

Table 7: Mulliken and Atomic charges of pAsA.

The obtained atomic charges for H7, H8, and H9 are smaller than the charges for H12 and H13, which is due to the presence of electronegative oxygen atom. In addition, the results illustrate that the charge of the oxygen atoms exhibits a negative charge, which are donor atoms. The results also show that the hydrogen atoms H16 and H17 have more positive atomic charge than the other hydrogen atoms. This is due to the presence of electronegative oxygen atom O17 and O19; the hydrogen atoms attract the positive charge from the oxygen atom.

NLO studies

In order to confirm the enhancement of nonlinearity of pAsA, second harmonic efficiency test is performed by the modified version of powder technique developed by Kurtz and Perry [37,38]. The powdered sample of pAsA crystal is illuminated using the fundamental beam of 1064nm from Q-switched ND:YAG laser. The input pulse energy of 1.9 mJ/pulse and pulse width 8 ns and repetition rate of 10 Hz are used.

The second harmonic signal generated by the crystal was confirmed from the emission of green radiation of wavelength 532nm. The output voltage was 41mV and it was 0.5 times greater than the KDP value (76 mV).

In order to investigate the relationships between molecular structures and non-linear optical properties(NLO) , the polarizibilities and first order hyperpolarizabilities of the pAsA compound are calculated using DFT/B3LYP method with 6-31+G** basis set, based on finite field approach.

The polarizability and hyperpolarizability tensors can be obtained by a frequency job output file of Gaussian. The mean polarizability(αtot), anisotropy of polarizability(Δα) and the average value of the first order hyperpolarizaility(βtot) can be calculated using the equations

αtot = αxx. + αyy + αzz / 3



The polarizability and hyperpolarizability are reported in atomic units(a.u), the calculated values have been converted into electrostatic units (esu) (for α : 1 a.u = 0.1482 x 10-24)esu, for β:1 a.u = 8.6393 x 10-33) esu.

The total dipole moment (μ) for the title compound can be calculated using the following equation.


Theoretically calculated values of polarizability, first order hyperpolarizability and dipole moment are shown in Table 8. It is well-known that the higher value of dipole moment, molecular polarizability and first order hyperpolarizability are important for more active NLO properties. The large value of hyperpolarizability, β which is a function of the non-linear optical activity of the molecular system is associated with the intra molecular charge transfer. The physical properties of these conjugated molecules are governed by the high degree of electronic charge delocalization along with the charge transfer axis and by the low band gaps. The calculated first order hyperpolarizability of the title compound is 6.258 X 10-30esu, which is 48 times greater than that of urea (0.13 x 10-30 esu) [39]. So, it is revealed that the title molecule is an attractive object for future studies of non-linear optical properties.

Parameters B3LYP/6-31G(d,p)
αxx 128.2024
αxy 24.2041
αyy 155.8194
αxz 2.1473
αyz -1.5916
αzz 77.8992
αtot(esu) 1.78788 X 10-23esu
βxxx 30.1831
βxxy 188.5593
βxyy 385.1353
βyyy 441.4975
βxxz -17.8771
βxyz -17.9602
βyyz -6.9665
βxzz -21.2118
βyzz -22.5177
βzzz 6.6632
βtot(esu) 6.258 X 10-30esu
µx -0.4435721
µy -1.9297488
µz 0.0928694
µ 1.98224

Table 8: The average polarizability (βtot), first order hyperpolarizability(βtot) and dipolemoment (µ) value of pAsA.

Thermodynamic properties

The zero point energies, thermal correction to internal energy, enthalpy, Gibbs free energy and entropy and heat capacity for a molecular system are computed from the frequency calculations. The computed thermodynamic parameters are listed in Table 9. The correlation of heat capacity at constant pressure (Cp), entropy(S) and enthalpy change (ΔHo→T) with temperature are delineated in Figure 11. As the temperature is increased from 100 to 1000K, the thermodynamic parameters also increase linearly. Here, all the mentioned thermodynamic calculations are done in gas phase. As per the second law of thermodynamics in thermochemical field [40], these calculations can be used to compute the other thermodynamic energies and help to estimate the directions of chemical reactions.

T (K) C0 p,m(calmol-1K-1) ΔH0m (Kcalmol-1) S0m(cal mol-1K-1)
100 18.770 88.361 74.752
200 32.675 90.957 93.573
298.15 44.301 94.747 109.630
400 54.523 99.798 124.713
500 62.505 105.666 138.217
600 68.735 112.240 150.549
700 73.660 119.369 161.835
800 77.658 126.941 172.206
900 80.987 134.878 181.784
1000 83.813 143.122 190.676

Table 9: The temperature dependence of thermodynamic parameters of p-Arsanilic acid.


Figure 11: Temperature dependence of heat capacity, entropy and enthalpy change at constant pressure of p-AsA.


Single crystals of p-Arsanilic acid have been grown using the slow evaporation technique. The crystallinity and the cell parameters have been revealed by the powder XRD results. The detailed vibrational analysis has been studied using DFT/B3LYP method and most of the calculated frequencies coincide with the experimental FTIR and FT-RAMAN data. The UV studies show a wide transparency region above the lower cut-off region and large band gap energy. This proves the optical quality of the crystal. The emission of green radiation from the SHG studies is yet another proof for title compound to be a good NLO material. The stability, chemical reactivity, intramolecular interaction of the molecule are analysed with the help of theoretical calculations in detail. . The molecular electrostatic potential surface (ESP) provides information regarding the size, shape, charge density distribution and sites of chemical reactivity of the title molecule .The intermolecular interactions in the compound is found out with the help of the reactive sites. A deep insight into the charge transfer is elucidated by NBO analysis. The correlations between the thermodynamics and temperature are also obtained.


The authors are sincerely thankful to the SHG measurement facility extended by Prof.P.K.Das, Department of Inorganic and physical chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The authors are also thankful to Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF), IIT, Chennai, and St. Joseph’s College, Trichirappalli, India for providing spectral measurements.


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Citation: Sangeetha M, Mathammal R, Mekala R, Krishnakumar V (2015) Crystal Growth, Structural Analysis, Characterization, Conformational Stability and Quantum Chemical Calculation of the Pharmaceutical Compound – P-Arsanilic Acid. Pharm Anal Acta 6:385.

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