|Preferred IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||198.14 g/mol|
|Appearance||Red or orange powder|
|Melting point||198 to 202 °C (388 to 396 °F; 471 to 475 K) dec.|
|Main hazards||Flammable, possibly carcinogenic|
|Safety data sheet||MSDS|
|GHS Signal word||Warning|
|H228, H302, H319|
|P210, P240, P241, P264, P270, P280, P301+312, P305+351+338, P330, P337+313, P370+378, P501|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) is the organic compound C6H3(NO2)2NHNH2. Dinitrophenylhydrazine is a red to orange solid. It is a substituted hydrazine. The solid is relatively sensitive to shock and friction. For this reason dinitrophenylhydrazine is usually handled as a wet powder. DNPH is a precursor to the drug Sivifene.
DNPH is a reagent in instructional laboratories on qualitative organic analysis. Brady's reagent or Borche's reagent, is prepared by dissolving 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine in a solution containing methanol and some concentrated sulfuric acid. This solution is used to detect ketones and aldehydes. A positive test is signalled by the formation of a yellow, orange or red precipitate of the dinitrophenylhydrazone. Aromatic carbonyls give red precipitates whereas aliphatic carbonyls give more yellow color. The reaction between 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine and a generic ketone to form a hydrazone is shown below:
This reaction is, overall, a condensation reaction as two molecules joining together with loss of water. Mechanistically, it is an example of addition-elimination reaction: nucleophilic addition of the -NH2 group to the C=O carbonyl group, followed by the elimination of a H2O molecule:
DNP-derived hydrazones have characteristic melting points, facilitating identification of the carbonyl. In particular, the use of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine was developed by Brady and Elsmie. Modern spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques have superseded these techniques.
Dinitrophenylhydrazine does not react with other carbonyl-containing functional groups such as carboxylic acids, amides, and esters, for which there is resonance-associated stability as a lone-pair of electrons interacts with the p orbital of the carbonyl carbon resulting in increased delocalization in the molecule. This stability would be lost by addition of a reagent to the carbonyl group. Hence, these compounds are more resistant to addition reactions. Also, with carboxylic acids, there is the effect of the compound acting as a base, leaving the resulting carboxylate negatively charged and hence no longer vulnerable to nucleophilic attack.
Explosions have resulted from the use of DNPH.