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# Diazotization

## Preparation of benzenediazonium chloride

By maintaining a low temperature in an ice bath are added in equimolar amounts a) pure aniline $C_6H_5NH_2$ b) a moderately concentrated solution of $HCl$ c) a sodium nitrite solution $Na^+ + NO_2^-$:

Extract of a video due to PR840

This forms a solution of benzenediazonium chloride:

Benzenediazonium ion is an electrophile which can be coupled to activated benzene rings, for example that of the phenolate ion:

## Diazo coupling

The electrophilic attack of benzenediazonium takes place in an activated position by mesomerism, for example here on the para position of phenolate ion:

($\Phi$ = aromatic benzene ring) The reaction leads to widely used azo dyes :

Extract of a video due to PR840

The video shows the reactions of the benzene diazonium solution in a basic medium with 1) phenol $C_6H_5OH$ to obtain an orange dye of formula

1) resorcinol $C_6H_4(OH)_2$ to obtain a red dye of formula

1) salicylic acid $C_6H_4(OH)COOH$ to obtain a brown dye of formula