Journal of Applied Spectroscopy

, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 445–449 | Cite as

Preparation and Absorption Spectral Property of a Multifunctional Water-Soluble Azo Compound with D-π-A Structure, 4-(4- Hydroxy-1-Naphthylazo)Benzoic Acid

  • L. Hu
  • H. Lv
  • C. G. Xie
  • W. G. Chang
  • Z. Q. Yan

A multifunctional water-soluble azo dye with the D-π-A conjugated structure, 4-(4-hydroxy-1-naphthylazo) benzoic acid ( HNBA), was designed and synthesized using 1-naphanol as the electron donator, benzoic acid as the electron acceptor, and −N=N− as the bridging group. After its structure was characterized by FTIR, 1H NMR, and element analysis, the UV-Vis absorption spectral performance of the target dye was studied in detail. The results showed that the dye, combining hydroxyl group, azo group, and carboxyl group, possessed excellent absorption spectral properties (ε = 1.2·104 l·mol−1·cm−1) changing with pH and solvents. In particular, in polar and protonic water, it had excellent optical response to some metal ions, i.e., Fe3+ and Pb2+, which might make it a latent colorimetric sensor for detecting heavy metal ions.


4-(4-hydroxy-1-naphthylazo)benzoic acid preparation absorption spectrum colorimetric sensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Hu
    • 1
  • H. Lv
    • 1
  • C. G. Xie
    • 1
  • W. G. Chang
    • 1
  • Z. Q. Yan
    • 1
  1. 1.Anhui Provincial Laboratory of Biomimetic Sensor and Detecting Technology & Solar Photovoltaic Materials Research CenterWest Anhui UniversityLu’anChina

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