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Amines play a vital role in medicinal chemistry. As our body is having a lot of amino acids, these amines help in the regulation of our body. It is also believed that, vitamins were named keeping vital-amines in mind (though many vitamins don’t have nitrogen at all). Similarly to produce several synthetic dyes, pigments the amines are used. Therefore, the amines are very important in our everyday life. Let us see how this is.








































      1.    IIT-JEE Syllabus

Basicity of aniline and aliphatic amine, preparation from nitro compounds, reaction with nitrous acid, formation and reactions or diazonium salts, and its coupling with phenols, carbylamine reaction. 

  1. Introduction and Nomenclature


      2.1       Structure of amines

Amines are the alkyl (or) aryl derivatives of NH3. The general formula of amine is R3N, where R is an alkyl (or) aryl group or hydrogen.


In amines one or more Hydrogen atoms of ammonia are replaced by Alkyl or aryl groups. Here nitrogen atom of amines is like that of NH3, it is sp3 hybridised. The three Alkyl groups (or hydrogen atoms) occupy corners of a tetrahedron, one of sp3 orbital occupying the unshared electron pair directed towards the other corner. We say shape of amine as “Trigonal Pyramidal”.

      2.2       Classification of amines

Amines are classified as primary, secondary (or) tertiary according to the number of groups attached to the nitrogen atom. If one alkyl group has replaced one hydrogen atom of ammonia, it is primary amine. Similarly, if two hydrogens are replaced, it is secondary amine and if all the three are replaced, it is tertiary amine.

We can also replace all the 4 hydrogens in  with alkyl groups to get a quaternary tetra alkyl ammonium ion.

      2.3       Nomenclature of amines

Nomenclature of amines is quite simple. Aliphatic amines are named by naming the alkyl group (or) groups attached to nitrogen , and following that by the word amine.

More complicated amines are often named as prefixing amino – (or-N-methylamino -, N-N, diethyl  amino -, etc) to the name of the parent chain.

Aromatic amines – those in which nitrogen is attached to an aromatic ring – are generally named as derivatives of the simplest aromatic amine, aniline.

Salts of amines are generally named by replacing – amine by – ammonium (or – aniline by – anilinium), and adding the name of the anion.

      2.4       Physical Properties

Amines are moderately polar substances; they have boiling points that are higher than those of alkanes but generally lower than alcohols of comparable molecular weight. Molecules of primary and secondary amines can form strong hydrogen bonds to each other and to water. Molecules of tertiary amines can not form hydrogen bonds to each other, but they can form hydrogen bonds to molecules of water or other hydroxylic solvents. As a result, tertiary amines generally boil at lower temperatures than primary and secondary amines of comparable molecular weight.

  1. Basicity


      3.1       Aliphatic Bases

As increasing strength in nitrogenous bases is related to the readiness with which they are prepared to take up protons, and therefore, to the availability of the unshared electron pair on nitrogen, we might expect to see an increase in basic strength on going : NH3 ® RNH2 ® R2NH® R3N, due to the increasing inductive effect of successive alkyl groups making the nitrogen atom more negative. An actual series of amines was found to have related pKa values as follows, however :

It will be seen that the introduction of an alkyl group into ammonia increases the basic strength markedly as expected. The introduction of a second alkyl group further increases the basic strength, but the net effect of introducing the second alkyl group is very much less marked than with the first. The introduction of a third alkyl group to yield a tertiary amine, however, actually decreases the basic strength in both the series quoted. This is due to the fact that the basic strength of an amine in water is determined not only by electron – availability on the nitrogen atom, but also by the extent to which the cation, formed by uptake of a proton, can undergo solvation, and so become stabilized. The more hydrogen atoms attached to nitrogen in the cation, the greater the possibilities of powerful solvation via hydrogen bonding between these and water :


Thus on going along the series, NH3 ® RNH2 ® R2NH ® R3N, the inductive effect will tend to increase the basicity, but progressively less stabilisation of the cation by hydration will occur which will tend to decrease the basicity. The net replacing effect of introducing successive alkyl groups thus becomes progressively smaller, and an actual changeover takes place on going from a secondary to a tertiary amine. If this is the real explanation, no such changeover should be observed if measurements of basicity are made in a solvent in which hydrogen – bonding cannot take place; it has, indeed, been found that in chlorobenzene the order of basicity of the butylamines is

BuNH2 < Bu2NH < Bu3N

Tetralkylammonium salts, e.g. R4NÅ I, are known, on treatment with moist silver oxide, AgOH, to yield basic solution comparable in strength with the mineral alkalis. This is readily understandable for the base so obtained, R4NÅ   OH, is bound to be completely ionised as there is no possibility, as with tertiary amines, etc.,

of reverting to an unionised form.

The effect of introducing electron withdrawing groups, e.g. Cl, NO2, close to a basic center is to decrease the basicity, due to their electron   withdrawing inductive effect. Thus the amine is found to be virtually non – basic, due to the three powerfully electron withdrawing CF3 groups. This can well be explained on the basis of more ‘s’ character on lone pair of N.


The change is also pronounced with C=O, for not only is the nitrogen atom, with its electron pair, bonded to an electron withdrawing group through an sp2 hybridised carbon atom but an electron  withdrawing mesomeric effect can also operate :

Thus amides are found to be only very weakly basic in water [pKa for ethanamide(acetamide)  is » 0.5], and if two C=0 groups are present the resultant imides, far from being basic, are often sufficiently acidic to form alkali metal salts, e.g. benzene – 1, 2 – dicarboximide :

      3.2       Aromatic Bases:
The exact reverse of the above is seen with aniline, which is a very weak base (pKa = 4.62) compared with ammonia (pKa = 9.25) or cyclohexylamine (pKa = 10.68). In aniline the nitrogen atom is again bonded to a sp2 hybridised carbon atom but, more significantly, the unshared electron pair on nitrogen can interact with the delocalised p orbitals of the nucleus :

If aniline is protonated, any such interaction, with resultant stabilisation, in the anilinium cation is prohibited, as the electron pair on N is no longer available :

The aniline molecule is thus stabilised with respect to the anilinium cation, and it is therefore ‘energetically unprofitable’ for aniline to take up a proton ; it thus functions as a base with the utmost reluctance (pKa = 4.62, compared with cyclohexylamine,
pKa = 10.68). The base weakening effect is naturally more pronounced when further phenyl groups are introduced on the nitrogen atom ; thus diphenylamine, Ph2NH, is an extremely weak base (pKa = 0.8), while triphenylamine, Ph3N, is by ordinary standards not basic at all. Introduction of alkyl, e.g. Me, groups, on to the nitrogen atom of aniline results in small increase in pKa :

C6H5NH2   C6H5NHMe           C6H5NMe2      MeC6H4NH2

4.62              4.84                       5.15              o-4.38



Unlike on such introduction in aliphatic amines this small increase is progressive : suggesting that cation stabilisation through hydrogen – bonded solvation, responsible for the irregular behavior of aliphatic amines, here has less influence on the overall effect. The major determinant of basic strength in alkyl-substituted anilines remains mesomeric stabilisation of the aniline molecule with respect to the cation ; borne out by the irregular effect of introducing Me groups into the o-, m- and p-positions in aniline.

A group with a more powerful (electron – withdrawing) inductive effect, e.g. NO2 is found to have rather more influence. Electron withdrawal is intensified when the nitro group is in the o- or p-position, for the interaction of the unshared pair of the amino nitrogen with the delocalised p orbital sytsem of the benzene nucleus is then enhanced. The neutral molecule is thus stabilised even further with respect to the cation, resulting in further weakening as a base. Thus the nitro – anilines are found to have related pKa values :

The extra base – weakening effect, when the substituent is in the o-position, is due in part to the short distance, over which its inductive effect is operating, and also to direct interaction, both steric and by hydrogen bonding, with the NH2 group. o-Nitroaniline is such a weak base that its salts are largely hydrolysed in aqueous solution, while 2, 4 – dinitroaniline is insoluble in aqueous acids, and 2, 4, 6 – trinitroaniline resembles an amide; it is indeed called picramide and readily undergoes hydrolysis to picric acid (2, 4, 6 – trinitrophenol).

With substituents such as OH and OMe that have unshared electron pairs, an electron – donating, i.e. base strengthening, mesomeric effect can be exerted from the o- and p-, but not from the m-position, with the result that the p-substituted aniline is a stronger base than the corresponding m-compound. The m-compound is a weaker base than aniline itself, due to the electron – withdrawing inductive effect exerted by the oxygen atom in each case. As so often, the effect of the o – substituent remains somewhat anomalous, due to the interaction with the NH2 group by both steric and polar effects. The substituted anilines are found to have related pKa values as follows :

Exercise-1  :     i)    Amines are stronger bases than ammonia. Why?

  1. ii) Aniline is a weak base than ethylamine. Why?
  2. Preparation of Amines

Now, that we have learnt something about amines, we shall now get into the methods of their preparation.

      4.1       From Alkyl halides

Many organic halogen compounds are converted into amines by treatment with aqueous (or) alcoholic solution of ammonia. This reaction is generally carried out either by allowing the reactants to stand together at room temperature (or) by heating them under pressure. Displacement of halogen by NH3 yields the amine salt, from which free amine can be liberated with hydroxide ion.

CH3Cl + NH3 ¾®  CH3NH2 + Cl + H2O

The above reaction is a class of substitution reaction, which we know as nucleophilic substitution.

Ammonia can act as a nucelophile and it can also act as a base.

If ammonia acts a nucleophile substitution takes place,

CH3CH2CH2Br + NH3 ¾® CH3CH2CH2NH2  + HBr

And, if ammonia acts as a base, elimination takes place.

It is very evident that primary alkyl halides under go substitution very easily than tertiary alkyl halides, which undergo elimination very easily.

Look at the sequence of reactions below,


The reaction is quite simple and we can convert alkyl halide into all class of amines.

Exercise 2:       How does the formation of 2° and 3° amines can be avoided during the preparation of 1° amines by alkylation?

      4.2       From nitrogen containing compounds

4.2.1    Nitro compounds

Nitro alkanes can be reduced quantitatively to their corresponding amines.

Nitro compound can be reduced in two general ways: (A) by catalytic hydrogenation using molecular hydrogen, or (B) by chemical reduction, usually by a metal and acid.

This method cannot be used when the molecule also contains some other easily hydrogenated group, such as a Carbon carbon double bond. Chemical reduction is most often carried out by adding hydrochloric acid to a mixture of the nitro compound and metal, usually granulated tin or iron.

4.2.2    Nitriles

Alkyl and aryl cyanides can be reduced to their corresponding amines using LiAlH4

4.2.3    Amides

Amides can directly be converted into their corresponding amines. This reaction is carried out by treating the amide with a mixture of base and bromine (KOH + Br2). This reaction is called as Hofmann Bromamide reaction.

The reaction is as follows,

RCONH2 + Br2 + 4KOH ¾¾® RNH2 + K2CO3 + 2KBr + 2H2O

Here we can see that the amine formed has one carbon less than that of the corresponding amide. Due to the loss of carbon atom, this reaction is also called as Hofmann degradation of amides.

The mechanism of the reaction is as follows:


Step 1

(one of the hydrogen attached to nitrogen is substituted by a bromine atom)




Step 2

(The N-bromamide anion thus formed as a result of proton  by base is stabilized by resonance)

Step 3

(Bromine leaves and we have an electron deficient nitrogen)



Step 4

(There is a shift of alkyl group to the nitrogen)
Step 5 (A simple hydrolysis of an imine gives us the amine)

Apart from this, amides can be dehydrated by P2O5 to their corresponding nitriles and nitriles can then be reduced.

R—C º N   R—CH2NH2

By this method you are retaining the number of carbon atoms in both amide and the amine.

      4.3       From carbonyl compounds

While studying carbonyl compounds we have seen that carbonyl compounds can be converted into any other functional group. How are we converting carbonyl group into amino group?

See, the following sequence,

CH3CH = O  + NH3 ¾¾®

The reactions are clear and simple so that, we can get an amine from carbonyl compound just by reductive amination (amination and reduction).

Using this reductive amination we can go from 1° amine to 2° amines. How? Look at  the following reaction.

CH3CH2CH = O +  ¾¾® CH3CH2CH=NCH2CH3



      4.4       Curtius reaction

Amines can be prepared by treating acid chloride with sodium azides the isocyanate thus formed is decomposed with treatment of water and amines are obtained.

      4.5       Schmidt reaction

Hydrozoic acid reacts with carboxylic acid in presence of a mineral acid to give  amines.

      4.6       By the reduction of an alkyl isocyanide

RNC + 4[H] ¾¾® R – NH – CH3

      4.7       Preparation of  Tertiary Amines

3RX + NH3  R3N + 2HX

(in excess)

Exercise 3:       In the presence of base, acyl derivatives of hydroxamic acids undergo the Lossen rearrangement to yield isocyanates or amines.


Write mechanism for the reaction.

  1. Chemical Reaction


      5.1       Basic Nature

Amines turn red litmus blue and also combine with water and mineral acids to form corresponding salts.


R – NH2 + HCl ¾® R –

R–NH2 + H2SO4 ¾¾®

When the amine salts are treated with strong bases like NaOH, the parent amines  are regenerated.

RN+H3Cl + OH ¾¾® RNH2 + H2O + Cl

Amine salt                       Amine

(Soluble is water)     (insoluble in water)

Further, due to basic character amines react with auric and platinic chlorides in presence of HCl to form double salts.

Chloroplatinic acid

These double salts decompose on ignition to pure metal, therefore, the formation and decomposition of the double salts is used for determining the molecular weight of amines.

      5.2       Acylation (Reaction with Acyl Chlorides or Acid Anhydrides)

Primary and secondary amines can react with acid chlorides or acid anhydrides to form substituted amides.

RNH2 + R¢COCl ¾® R¢CO NHR an N-substituted amide

R2NH + R¢COCl ¾® R¢CO.NR2 an N,N disubstituted amide

      5.3       Benzoylation (Schotten Baumann Reaction)

Primary amine reacts with benzoyl chloride to give the acylated product.

        (Benzoyl chloride)                                   Benzoyl alkyl amine

      5.4       Carbylamine Reaction (Given Only by Primary Amines)

Primary amines when heated with chloroform and alcoholic caustic potash give isocynaides (carbylamines) having very unpleasant smell, which can be easily detected

C2H5NH2 + CHCl3 + 3KOH ¾® C2H5NC + 3KCl + 3H2O

Ethylamine                                       Ethyl  isocyanide

C6H5 NH2 + CHCl3 + 3KOH ¾® C6H5NC + 3KCl + 3H2O

Aniline                                                         Phenyl isocyanide

      5.5       Action with Aldehyde and Ketone

Both primary aliphatic and aromatic amines react with aldehydes and ketones to form schiff’s bases also called anils.

C2H5NH2 + CH3CHO ¾® C2H5N = CHCH3 + H2O

Ethylamine   Acetaldehyde             Ethylidene ethylamine

(Schiff’s base)

      5.6       Hofmann Mustard Oil Reaction

Primary amines when warmed with alcoholic carbon disulphide followed by heating with excess of mercuric chloride form isothiocyanates having pungent smell similar to mustard oil.

C6H5NH2 + S = C = S C6H5NCS + 2HCl + HgS

      5.7       Reaction with Carbonyl Chloride                    

This reaction is given only by primary amines.

C2H5 – NH2 + COCl2 ¾® C2H5NCO + 2HCl


      5.8       Reaction of Quaternary Ammonium Salts

5.8.1    Hofmann Elimination

When a quaternary ammonium hydroxide is heated strongly (125° or higher) it decomposes to yield water, a tertiary amine and an alkene

This reaction is called as the Hofmann elimination. The formation of quaternary ammonium salts followed by an elimination of the kind just described and identification of the alkene and tertiary amine formed was once used in the determination of the structure of complicated amines.

      5.9       Reaction of Amines with Nitrous Acid

5.9.1    The diazonium salts of amines

What are these diazonium salts? Let us look at the name. The name suggests that, the compound has two nitrogen atoms (diazo) and the whole group has a positive charge (ium). There is also an anion to balance it (It is a salt)

So, the possible structure can be

How to prepare them? The preparation is quite simple if we adhere to the experimental conditions.

These diazonium salts are prepared by treating a primary amine with NaNO2 in presence of con. HCl; the temperature being 0°C. (Here the temperature has to be taken care of and if the temperature exceeds 5°C, the reaction will not take place.)

Let us take a case of aliphatic amines,


Mechanism for Diazotization is as follows




The diazonium salts of aliphatic amines are generally unstable and they decompose to give different products.

Thus we can have a wide range of products. Let us now see some thing about aromatic amines

These aryl diazonium salts undergo a variety of displacement reaction. The reactions are simple and are summarised below.

Mechanism of ArN2+ Cl + H3PO2 reaction takes place through free radical pathway.

Chain initiation

ArN2+Cl + H3PO2 = HCl + ArN2PH(O)OH

ArN2PH(O)OH ¾® Ar× + N2 + (O)OH

Chain propagation

Ar× + H2PO2 ¾® ArH + (O)OH

ArN2+ + (O)OH ¾® ArN2· + P+H(O)OH

ArN2· ¾® Ar× + N2                P+H(O)OH + H2O ¾® H3PO3 + H+

5.9.2    Reaction of secondary Amines with Nitrous acid

Secondary amines both aryl and alkyl react with nitrous acid to yield N-nitrosoamines. N-nitrosoamines usually separate from the reaction mixture as oily yellow liquid.

N-nitrosoamines are very powerful carcinogens (cancer causing substances)

5.9.3    Reaction of Tertiary amines with Nitrous acid

When a tertiary aliphatic amine is mixed with nitrous acid, an equilibrium is established among the tertiary amine, its salt, and an N-Nitrosoammonium compound.

Tertiary arylamines react with nitrous acid to form C-nitroso aromatic compound. Nitrosation takes place almost exclusively at the para position if it is open and if not, at the ortho position. The reaction is another example of electrophilic aromatic substitution.

      5.10     Coupling Reactions of Arene Diazonium Salts

Arenediazonium ions are weak electrophiles; they react with highly reactive aromatic compounds with phenols and tertiary arylamines to yield azo compound. This electrophilic aromatic substitution is called a diazo coupling reaction occurring mainly at p-position.

Couplings between arenediazonium cations and phenols take place most rapidly in slightly alkaline solution. If the solution is too alkaline (pH > 10), however, the arenediazonium salt itself reacts with hydroxide ion to form a relatively unreactive diazohydroxide or diazotate ion.

Hydrazo compounds are also made as follows:

Ph—NO2  Ph—NH—NH—Ph

Diaryl hydrazo compounds undero the benzidine rearrangement


Exercise – 4:    A weakly basic solution favours coupling with phenol. Is there any other explanation? 

      5.11     Ring Substitution in Aromatic Amines

The –NH2, – NHR and –NR2 are benzene activating groups through resonance effect of nitrogen where the lone one pair of electron of nitrogen is shifted to the benzene ring making ortho and para, position available for electrophilic attack.

The carbocation formed as intermediate are

The group – NHCOCH3 is less powerful ortho and para director because of the electron-withdrawing character of oxygen makes nitrogen a poor source of electrons. This fact is made use in preparing mono substituted aniline. The –NH2 group is such a powerful activator, that substitution occurs at all available ortho and para positions of aniline. If, however, –NH2 group is converted to –NHCOCH3, the molecule becomes less powerful activator. Hence only mono substitution products are obtained. Finally – NHCOCH3 is converted back to –NH2 by hydrolyzing with acid. This technique is especially used while nitrating aniline as strong oxidizing agent destroys the highly reactive ring.

Exercise-5:       Explain the following 

  1. i) It is necessary to acetylate aniline first for preparing bromoaniline.
  2.       ii)   While carrying out an electrophilic substitution reaction on aniline. Lewis acid is not used
Exercise 6:

Exercise 7:       Why the reagents to prepare


      5.12     Aniline -X rearrangement

Such compounds are not much stable so the group X migrates mainly at p-position.

  1. Fisher-Hepp rearrangement


  1. Phenylhydroxylamine – p-aminophenol rearrangement.



Nucleophilic attack by H2O at p – position.

   6.    Separation of a Mixture of Amines


      6.1       Hinsberg’s Method

Treating a mixture of 3 amines with Hinsbergs reagent (benzene sulfonyl chloride) and finally treating the product formed with NaOH can separate the 3 class of amines.

                                                                                                6.1.1    Primary amine:

RNH2 + C6H5SO2Cl ¾® C6H5– SO2 – NH – R + HCl

(N-alkyl benzene sulfonamides)

(Dissolves in NaOH due to acidic H-attached to Nitrogen)

6.1.2    Secondary amine


6.1.3    Tertiary amine

Tertiary amines do not react with Hinsberg’s reagent.

After reacting with NaOH the aqueous layer  and the second layer [Secondary and Tertiary) can be separated by ether. Aqueous layer Hydrolysed with conc. HCl gives primary amine. The ether layer is distilled and tertiary amine is distilled over. Residue hydrolysed with conc. HCl to recover secondary amine.

      6.2       Hofmann’s Method

The mixture of amines is treated with diethyloxalate, which forms a solid oxamide with primary amine, a liquid oxime ester with secondary amine. The tertiary amine does not react.

  1. 7. Test for Amines                    


      7.1       Test for Primary Amines (Carbyl Amine Reaction):

When a primary amine is treated with a strong base in presence in chloroform, an isocyanide is formed and this isocyanide thus formed has a very foul smell.

Here attacking electrophile is the dichlorocarbene  (:CCl2). The primary amine can be identified with its foul smell.

      7.2       Test for Secondary Amines(Libermann Reaction)

The secondary amine is converted into nitrosoamine by treating the amine with nitrous acid. The resultant solutions warmed with phenol and concentrated H2SO4, a brown or red colour is formed at first soon it changes to blue and then to green. The colour changes to red on dilution and further changes to greenish blue on treating with alkali.

Tertiary arylamines react with nitrous acid to form o-nitroso aromatic compound.       


  1. Solution to Exercises

Exercise 1:     i)    Amines have electron-repelling groups, which increase the electron density on nitrogen, while ammonia has no such group.

  1. ii) In aniline the electron pair of nitrogen atom is delocalised due to resonance and hence lesser available for protonation while ethylamine does not undergo resonance.

Exercise 2:     Use of excess ammonia reduces chances of reaction of 1° amine with alkyl halide to form 2° and 3° amines.


      Exercise 3:

Exercise 4:     High acidity suppresses the ionisation of C6H5OH to the more reactive C6H5O. In presence of weak base, C6H5O is formed and coupling takes place.

Exercise 5:     i)    Amino group, being activating group, activates bromination of aniline and forms tribromoaniline.

  1. ii) In presence of Lewis acids, aniline undergoes protonation to from anilinium ion, which being m-directing forms unexpected m-substituted derivative.

Exercise 6:     This is because of strain relief on N atom in former one in its conjugate acid than the later one.

Exercise 7:     Reagents are pyrolidine (any secondary cyclic amine), TsOH, BrCH2COOEt, H3O+.



  1. Solved Problems 


9.1       Subjective

Problem -1:      Give name of the following structures


Solution:        i)    2-aminobutane

  1. ii) 2-methylpropanamine

iii)   N-methyl-2-aminopropane                

Problem 2:       Arrange the following amines in the increasing order of boiling points giving proper reasoning (A) n-butylamine (B) Ethyldimethylamine (C) diethylamine.

Solution:        A > C > B. It is because 1° and 2° amines, unlike 3° amines, form intramolecular H-bonds. A with two H’s available for H – bonding has a higher boiling point than C.

Problem 3:       Convert Benzene to benzylamine.

Solution:        The structure of benzylamine is


This can be obtained by reacting NH3 with benzyl chloride.


Now, let us find a way to prepare benzyl chloride. It can be easily, prepared from toluene by photochemical chlorination.


Now, Friedel – crafts alkylation, can easily obtain Toluene from benzene. The sequence of reaction is thus


Problem 4:       Convert benzoic acid into benzylamine and aniline

Solution:        Here we are asked to do two conversions. They are


Here, both the products are amines and one of them is having the same number of carbon atoms as in the acid and another is having one carbon less.


For the other conversion, we can proceed as,


Thus we are effecting the conversions.

Problem 5:       Starting with carbon and hydrogen can we obtain isopropyl amine.

Solution:        At first sight this might look impossible. But if you think quietly you can find that this can be done with real ease.

Let us work backwards,

The amine can be obtained from the imine.


The imine, from the ketone,


Now, if you remember, alkynes chapter, you must have converted propyne, to acetone.

CH3 — C º CH

Propyne can be obtained from, acetylene.

CH3 —C º CH  CH3—I + HC ºCH

Acetylene can be obtained from the electrical discharge of graphite rods in presence of hydrogen gas.

C + H2  HC º CH

Now, we have a synthetic route, as follows,


Problem  6:      The C—N—C bond angle in Me3N is 108°.

  1. a) Describe the hybridization and shape of Me3
  2. b) Why is an amine of the type R1R2R3N chiral?
  3. c) Why is it not possible to separate the enantiomers?

Solution:        a)   N forms three sp3 hybridized s bonds to the C’s of the Me groups and has a nonbonding electron pair in the fourth sp3 orbital. Me3N has a roughly pyramidal shape.

  1. b) Because of its pyramidal geometry, such an amine is chiral, the unshared pair being considered a fourth “different” group.
  2. c) The enantiomers rapidly interconvert; having enough kinetic energy at room temperatures, by a process called nitrogen inversion. For this process H » 6 kcal/ mol (25kJ / mol) and the inversion thus does not involve bond – breaking and subsequent formation. The TS for the inversion is planar, the N being sp2 hybridized, with the unshared pair in the pz


Problem 7:       Account for the following order of increasing basicity:

                        RC ºN: < R¢CH = NR < RNH2

                        nitrile   imine         amine

Solution:        The more s character in the hybrid orbital of the N with the unshared pair of es, the less basic is the molecule. The nitrile N using sp HO’s has the most s character, the imine N using sp2 HO’s has the intermediate s character, and the amine N using sp3 HO’s has the least s character.

Problem 8:      In terms of s character, explain why NH3 with bond angles of 107° is much more basic than NF3 with bond angles of 103°. The bond angles of
are 109°.

Solution:       The bond angle of 109° in  indicates that N uses pure sp3 HO’s. The bond angle of 107° in NH3 shows that, although N essentially uses sp3 HO’s, it nevertheless has slightly more p character in its bonding HO’s and slightly more s character in its lone pair HO. The bond angle of 103° in NF3 indicates that N has even more p character in its bonding HO’s and even more s character in its lone pair HO. NF3 is less basic than NH3 because its lone pair orbital has more s character.


Problem 9:      Compare the basicities of

  1. a) H2C = CHCH2NH2, CH3CH2CH2NH2 and HC º CCH2NH2, and
  2. b) C6H5CH2NH2, cyclohexyl – CH2NH2 and p-NO2C6H4CH2NH2.

Solution:       a)    The significant difference among these three bases is the kind of hybrid orbital used by Cb — the more s character it has, the more electron –  withdrawing (by induction) and base weakening it will be. The HO conditions are H2C = CbHCH2NH2(sp2), CH3CbH2CH2NH2(sp3), and HC º CbCH2NH2(sp). The increasing order of electron – attraction is  propargyl > allyl > propyl >, and the decreasing order of basicity is


  1. b) The decreasing order is


The Cb is cyclohexyl – CH2NH2 uses sp3 HO’s while Cb in the benzylamines uses sp2 HO’s. The electron withdrawing p-NO2 makes the phenyl ring even more electron–withdrawing and base weakening.

Problem 10:    Account for the fact that although N,N—dimethylaniline is only slightly more basic than aniline, 2,6-dimethyl N,N-dimethylaniline is much more basic than 2,6 – dimethylaniline.

Solution:        Extended p bonding between the amino N and the ring requires that the s bonds on N become coplanar with the ring and its ortho bonds. Bulky substituents in the ortho 2,6 – positions sterically hinder the attainment of this geometry and interfere with the base – weakening extended p bonding. This effect is called steric inhibition of resonance.

Problem 11:     Place the isomeric compounds ethylenediammine(A), n-buytlamine (B) and diethyl amine(C) in order of decreasing boiling points and give an expalantion.

Solution:.       B > C > A

1° and 2° amines, unlike 3° amines, form intramolecular H-bonds, B with two H’s available for HG-bonding has a higher boiling than C.

Problem 12:     a)   Why is an amine of the type R1R2R3N chiral?

  1. b)   Why is it not possible to separate the enantiomers?

Solution:        a)   Because of the pyramidal geometry, the amine is chiral, the unshared pair being considered as fourth different group.

  1. b) The enantiomers rapidly interconvert, having enough kinetic energy at room temperature by a process called nitrogen inversion. For this process 4 kcal/mole (25 kJ/mole) and the inversion thus does not involve bond breaking  and subsequent formation. The TS for the inversion is planar, the N being sp2 hybridized, with the unshared pair in the 2pz


Problem 13:     Why the following compound is resolvable?


Solution:        N-inversion requires too high an H¹ (activation energy) because the N in such a small ring cannot attain the 120° angles required in the TS as shown in the previous cell angle.

Problem 14:     a)   In general the order of base strength as measured by Kb values for aqueous solution of aliphatic amines is R2NH > RNH2 < R3N > NH3. Explain the order

  1. b) What order would you expect to observe in the gas phase.

Solution:        a)   Two effects, induction and rotation, determine the Kb of an alkyl amine. Inducting, alkyl groups, being electron releasing, increase the electron density on nitrogen, making the amine more basic (larger Kb). Consequently, they stabilize the positive charge on the conjugate acid, making the ammonium ion less acidic. [It is better to use bases for comparisons rather than the conjugate acids, as was done for carboxylic acids. In terms of induction alone, increasing the number of R’s should increase the basicity. Solvation through H-bonding with H2O is more important in the conjugate acid than in the free amine because the ammonium ion has a +ve charge and a greater number of H’s. In terms of solvation alone, the more H’s in the ammonium ion the more it is stabilized through H-bonding and the equilibrium shifts more to the rightward. As R’s replace H’s H-bonding deadlines and basicity of amines decrease. Hence the non-uniformity of K values.

  1. b) Free from solvation effects only induction prevails and the order is R3N > R2NH > RNH­2 > NH3.

Problem 15:     Place ethylamine, 2-aminoethanol and 3-amino-1-propanol in order of decreasing basicity and give your reason.

Solution:        (CH3CH2NH2) > HO(CH2)3NH2 >  HO(CH2)2NH2. The electron withdrawing inductive effect of the –OH decreases the electron density on N, lowering the amine’s basicity. This effect diminishes with distance from the amino group.

Problem 16:     In terms of s-character, which N of guanidine NH = C(NH2)2, is more likely to be protonated? Account for the basicity of guanidine.

Solution:        The N(sp3) of NH2 with less ‘s’ character N(sp2) of the imino should be the more basic site and the protonated. If N of imino group is protonated then this leads to a symmetrical resonance stabilized cation.


Resonance involving three equivalent contributing structures accounts for the large delocalisation energy and unusual stability of the cation, resulting in the enhanced basicity of guanidine. This is the strongest organic base known.

Problem 17:     a)   Provide a structure for A. CH3CH2CH = O + tipesidine A.

  1. b)   What is the intermediate that is reduced
Solution:              a)
  1. b) The intermediate is either a carbionolamine or the iminium ion formed from it


9.2       Objective


Problem 1:       A nitrogeneous substance X is treated with HNO2 and the product So formed is further treated with NaOH solution, which produces blue colouration. X can be

                        (A)CH3CH2NH2                                 (B)  CH3CH2NO2

                        (C)  CH3CH2ONO                              (D)  (CH3)2CHNO2



Solution:        (CH3)2CHNO2  (Pseudo nitrol blue)

                                \ (D)


Problem 2:       A compound X with seven carbon atoms on treatment with Br2 and KOH gives Y. Y gives carbylamine test and upon diazotisation and coupling with phenol gives azodye. X is

                        (A)  C6H5CONH2                              

                        (B)  CH­3 – (CH2)5 – CONH2

                        (C)  CH3 – CH­2 – CH2 – CONH2 

                        (D)  O – CH3 – C6H4NH2


Solution:        Since Y gives coupling reaction after diazotisation it suggest that Y can be aniline or benzener ring substituted aniline. Since Y has been obtained from Hoffmann bromamide it means has – CO NH2 group with benzene ring. Hence it is C6H5CONH2.

                        \ (A)


Problem 3:       Methyl ethyl propyl amine forms non-super imposable mirror images but it does not show optical activity because

                        (A)  of rapid flipping                      

                        (B)  Amines are basic in nature

                        (C)  Nitrogen has a lone pair of electrons   

                        (D)  of absence of asymmetric nitrogen



The inter conversion of d and l-forms are so fast that it is not possible to isolate these.

                        \ (A)


Problem 4:       A compound (A) when reacted with PCl5 and then with NH3 gave (B), (B) when treated with Br2 and KOH produced (C). (C) on treatment with NaNO2 and HCl at 0°C and the boiling with water forms o-cresol. Compound A is

                        (A)  o-toluic acid                             (B)  o-chlorotoluene

                        (C)  o-bromo toluene                      (D)  m-toluic acid




Problem 5:       The product obtained when phenol reacts with benzene diazonium chloride is

(A) Phenyl hydroxylamine              (B) Para-aminoazobenzene

(C) Phenylhydrazine                       (D) Para-hydroxyazobenzene


Solution:        diazonium acts as an electrophile and attacks phenol to form a coupled product

                        \ (D)


Problem 6:       Aniline on treatment with conc. HNO3 + conc. H2SO4 mixture yields

(A) o- and p-nitro anilines              (B) m-nitroaniline

(C) a black tarry matter                   (D) no reaction


Solution:        Nitration occurs on the ring and since –NH2 group is an ortho,para orienter a mixture of ortho and para isomer is obtained

                        \ (A)


Problem 7:       Towards electrophilic substitution, the most reactive is

(A) nitrobenzene                            (B) aniline

(C) aniline hydrochloride               (D) N-acetylaniline


Solution:        NH2 group is a ring activating group and others are deactivating

                        \ (B)


Problem 8:       Treatment of ammonia with excess of ethyl chloride will yield

(A) diethyl amine                            (B) ethane

(C) tetraethylammonium chloride   (D) methyl amine


Solution:        Excess of R—X gives quartenary salt

                        \ (C)


Problem 9:       Amongst the following, the most basic compound is

(A) Benzylamine                             (B) Aniline

(C) Acetanilide                               (D) p-Nitroaniline


Solution:        Aliphatic amines are less basic than aromatic amines

                        \ (A)


Problem 10:     Correct order of increasing basicity

(A) NH3 < C6H5NH2 < (C2H5)2NH < C2H5NH2 < (C2H5)3N

(B) C6H5NH2 < NH3 < (C2H5)3N < (C2H5)2NH < NH3

(C) C6H5NH2 < NH3 < (C2H5)3N < (C2H5) NH < (C2H5)2NH2

(D) C6H5NH2 < (C2H5)3N < NH3 < C2H5NH2 < (C2H5)2NH

  1. 10. Assignments  (Subjective Problems)


Level – I

  1. Identify A and B in the following
  2. a) CH2CH2CH2×CH2Br + NH3 ¾® A
  3. b) CH3 – Br + NH3 ¾® B


  1. Synthesize(a) pyrolidine from 1, 3propanediol, (b) PhN(CH2CH2CH2CH3)2 from PHNH2



What are A, B and C


  1. RNH2 can be alkylated to form RNHR¢ (2° amine) but 3° amine and quarternary ammonium salts are also obtained as side products.


Suggest a way that RNH2 forms only 2° amine?


  1. Convert CH3COOH into (CH3)2NH



Identify the products



What are A, B, C and D



What are the products due to Hofmann elimination?

  1. An organic compound containing carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen was found to contain C = 61.03%, N = 23.71%. Its vapour density = 29.5. On treatment with nitrous acid, it gave out nitrogen. Identify the compound and explain the reaction.


  1. Give structural formulae of compounds A through D

Phthalimide + KOH ¾® A

A + CH3 – CH2 – CH2 – Br, heat ¾® B

B + H2O, OH heat ¾® C (C3H9N) + D
























Level – II

  1. Identify the compound C6H13N(D) and all intermediates involved in the following sequence of exhaustive methylation and Hoffmann degradations D reacts with 2 eq. of MeI and Ag2O/D giving (E) C8H17N. After reaction with MeI and further Hoffmann degradation, E gives CH2 = CH – = CHCH3(F) and NMe3.
  2. Compound (X) containing chlorine, on treatment with NH3, gives a solid ‘Y’ which is free from chlorine (Y) analysed as C = 49.3% H = 9.59% and N = 19.18% and reacts with Br2 and caustic soda to give a basic compound (Z), (Z) reacts with HNO2 to give ethanol suggest structures for (X), (Y) and (Z).
  3. An organic compound (A) with molecular formula C5H13N reacts with 1 mole of methyl iodide to form quaternary ammonium iodide which when treated with moist silver oxide yields the corresponding hydroxide. The hydroxide on heating gives propane. Deduce the structure of A.
  4. The reaction of n-butylamine with sodium nitrite and hydrochloric acid yields nitrogen and the following mixture; n-butyl alcohol, 25%; sec butyl alcohol, 13%; 1 butene and 2-butene, 37%, n-butyl chloride, 5%; sec butyl chloride, 3% what is the most likely intermediate common to all of these product, and how is it formed.
  5. An organic compound (A) gave the following data in analysis C = 61.1%,
    H = 15.25% and N = 23.74%. (A) on heating with HNO2 gives (B). Which contains C = 60%, H = 13.33% and no nitrogen. (B) on careful oxidation gave (C) which shows iodoform test and has molecular weight 58. What are (A), (B) and (C).
  6. A basic volatile nitrogen compound gave a foul smelling gas when treated with CHCl3 and alcoholic KOH. A 0.295 g sample of the substance dissolved in aqueous HCl and treated with NaNO2 solution at 0°C liberated a colourless; odourless gas whose volume correspond to 112 ml at STP. After the evolution of the gas was complete, the aqueous solution was distilled to give an organic liquid, which did not contain nitrogen and which on warming with alkali, and iodine gave yellow precipitate. Identify the original substance. Assume it contains one N atom per molecule.
  7. An optically active amine (A) is subjected to exhaustive methylation and Hofmann elimination to yield an alkene (B). (B) on ozonolysis gives an equimolar mixture of formaldehyde and butanal. Deduce the structures of (A) & (B). Is there any structural isomer to (A), if yes draw its structure.
  8. One mole of each of bromo derivative (A) and NH3 react to give one mole of an organic compound (B). (B) reacts with CH3I to give (C), both (B) and (C) react with HNO2 to give compounds (D) and (E), respectively. (D) on oxidation gives 2-methoxy-2-methyl propane. Give structures of (A) to (E) with proper reasoning.
  9. A, B and C are the three organic compound having C, H and N only. With nitrous acid A yield nitrogen and methanol B, does not react with nitrous acid but when treated by the Hofmann exhaustive methylation procedure yields methanol and trimethyl amine. C reacts with nitrous acid to give an oil substance, which may be reduced to unsym-dimethyl hydrazine. Give the formulae of A, B and C
  10. How will you synthesize the following compounds from benzene?
















  1. An organic acid (A) C3H4O3 is catalytically reduced in presence of ammonia to give B C3H7NO2. (B) reacts with acetyl chloride, hydrochloric acid and alcohol. It can also react with nitrous acid to give another compound (C), C3H6O3, along with evolution of N2. What are (A), (B) and (C)
  2. A neutral organic compound (A) C5H11O2 N when treated with reducing agent forms a basic compound (B) C5H13N. (B) on treatment with excess of CH3I followed with moist Ag2O gives (C) C8H21ON. On heating (C) decomposes to give trimethyl amine and 2-methylbutene-1. What are (A), (B) and (C).
  3. One mole of each of bromo derivative (A) and NH3 react to give one mole of an organic compound (B). (B) reacts with CH3I to give (C). Both (B) and (C) react with HNO2 to give compounds (D) and (E), respectively. (D) on oxidation and subsequent decarboxylation gives 2-methoxy -2-methyl propane. Give structures of (A) to (E) with proper reasoning.
  4. From analysis and molecular weight determination , the molecular formula of (A) is C3H7NO. The compound gave following reactions.
  5. i) On hydrolysis it gives an amine (B) and a carboxylic acid (C).
  6. ii) Amine (B) reacts with benzene sulphonyl chloride and gives a product which is insoluble in aqueous NaOH solution.

iii)   Acid (C) on reaction with Tollen’s reagent gives a mirror. What are (A), (B) and (C). Explain the reactions.

  1. An organic compound A (C4H11N) on reacting with HNO2 gave a compound B (C4H10O). Compound B on mild oxidation gave C (C4H8O). Compound C on drastic oxidation gave D (C2H4O2). Compound D on treatment with PCl5 followed by NH3 gave (C2H5NO) which on treatment with Br2/NaOH gave F (CH5N). Deduce the structures of A,B,C,D,E & F with reasoning. Write down the reactions involved.
  2. Reaction of a compound A (C11H14) with trioxygen and then water gave B (C8H8O) and C (C3H6O) in equimolar amounts. C was unaffected by ammoniacal silver nitrate, but B reacted with this reagent to give D(C8H8O2).  When D was treated successively with sulphur dichloride oxide and ammonia, E(C8H8NO) was formed.  E reacted with bromine and sodium hydroxide to give F (C7H9N), a much weaker base than methylamine.  Identify the compounds A to F, as far as is possible and comment on the reactions. Suggest further experiments (i) to confirm the identification of C and (ii) to be carried out on compound D to complete the identification of compounds D-F.
  3. A compound (A) gave an analysis C, 61.0%; H, 15.2%; N,23.7%. Treatment of A with acid and sodium nitrite yielded a compound (B) of molecular formula C3H8O.  Oxidation of B with chromic acid gave C with a molecular formula C3H6O.  The product C gave a positive iodoform reaction and formed a crystalline derivative with sodium hydrogen sulphite but did not react with ammoniacal silver nitrate.  The compound B when treated with ethanoic anhydride gave a product D corresponding to C5H10O2. Deduce the identity of A,B,C and D.  Explain the sequence of reactions by means of equations involving structural formulae for the organic molecules.
  4. A pungent smelling liquid A was analysed and found to contain carbon, hydrogen, chlorine and possibly oxygen and upon reaction with aqueous ammonia a neutral compound B was formed.  When this was treated with bromine and potassium hydroxide a base C resulted.  In acidic solution substance C reacted with sodium nitrite, giving nitrogen and an alcohol D.  Upon mild oxidation, the alcohol D was converted into compound E of M.F. C2H4O which gave a positive test with ammoniacal silver nitrate solution. Describe the chemistry involved in these reactions and identify the compounds A,B,C,D and E.
  5. An aromatic compound contains 69.4%C and 5.8%. Hydrogen and remaining elements are Nitrogen and Oxygen. A sample of 0.303 g of the compound was analysed for N2 by Kjeldahl’s method. The NH3 evolved was absorbed in 50 ml of 0.05 M H2SO4. The excess acid required 25 ml of 0.1M NaOH for neutralisation deduce the molecular formula of the compound if its molecular weight is 121. Give two possible structures for the compound.     [IIT-JEE ‘82]
  6. Give the products of the reaction of ArN = NAr¢ with SnCl2 (b) Reduce the structures of the azo compounds that yield the following aromatic amines on reduction with SnCl2; (I) p-toludine and p-aminodimethyl aniline, and (ii) 1 mole of 4, 4¢-diamine biphenyl and 2-moles of 2-hydroxy-5-amino benzoic acid.

















  1. Assignments (Objective Problems)




  1. What will be the product A of the following reaction


                  (A) (B)
                  (C) (D) None of these


  1. PhNH2 . Product (A) is

(A) o-ClSO2C6H4NHCOCH3                    (B) o-ClSO2C6H4NHCOCH3

(C) m-ClSO2C6H5NHCOCH­3                  (D) C6H5NHCOCH3


  1. p-Cl C6H4NH2 and PhNH3+Cl can be distinguished by

(A) Ag(OH)                                               (B) NaOH

(C) AgNO3                                                (D) None of these


  1. Acetamide is treated with the following reagents. Which one of these would give methylamine?

(A) PCl5                                                     (B) NaOH + Br2

(C) Soda lime                                            (D) Hot conc. HSO4


  1. Treatment of ammonia with excess of ethyl chloride will yield

(A) diethyl amine                                       (B) ethane

(C) tetraethylammonium chloride             (D) methyl amine


  1. Amongst the following, the most basic compound is

(A) Benzylamine                                       (B) Aniline

(C) Acetanilide                                          (D) p-Nitroaniline


  1. Correct order of increasing basicity

(A) NH3 < C6H5NH2 < (C2H5)2NH < C2H5NH2 < (C2H5)3N

(B) C6H5NH2 < NH3 < (C2H5)3N < (C2H5)2NH < NH3

(C) C6H5NH2 < NH3 < (C2H5)3N < (C2H5)2NH < C2H5NH2

(D) C6H5NH2 < (C2H5)3N < NH3 < C2H5NH2 < (C2H5)2NH


  1. The order of basic strength among the following amines in benzene solution is

(A) CH3NH2 > (CH3)3N> (CH3)2NH         (B) (CH3)2NH > CH3NH2 > (CH3)­­3N

(C) CH3NH2 > (CH3)2NH > (CH3)3N        (D) (CH3)3N > CH3NH2 > (CH3)2NH

  1. The action of nitrous acid on ethylamine gives

(A) Ethane                                                 (B) Ethyl nitrite

(C) Ethyl alcohol                                       (D) Nitroethane


  1. A nitrogen containing compound on heating with CHCl3 and alc.KOH evolved very bad smelling vapors. The compound is

(A) Nitrobenzene                                       (B) Benzamide

(C) N,N-Dimethyl aniline                          (D) Aniline


  1. Which of the following does not reduce ArNO2 to ArNH2

(A) Fe/HCl                                                 (B) Zn/HCl

(C) LiAlH4                                                  (D) SnCl2 in HCl


  1. In the reaction PhSO2Cl + EtNH2 ¾¾® A B C

Then C will be

(A) PhSO2NHEt                                        (B) PhSO2NEt2

(C) PhSO2OH                                           (D) None


  1. For the reaction : C6H5OH + H­2C=O + R2NH ¾¾® P

Here P will be

                  (A) (B)
                  (C) (C) None


  1. Which of the following reagents can convert benzene diazonium chloride into benzene?

(A) Water                                                  (B) Acid

(C) Hypophosphorous acid                       (D) HCl


  1. Activation of benzene ring by –NH2 in aniline can be reduced by treating with

(A) Dilute HCl                                                  (B) Ethyl alcohol

(C) Acetic acid                                                (D) Acetyl chloride
















  1. Identify Z in the sequence


(A) C6H5NH2COOH                                 (B) C6H5COOH

(C) C6H5NHCH3                                       (D) C6H5CH2NH2


  1. The major product (70-80%) of the reaction between m – dinitrobenzene with NH4HS is
                  (A)       (B)
                  (C)       (C)


  1. Allylisocyanide contains

(A) 9s  and 3p bonds                                (B) 9s  and 9p bonds

(C) 3s  and 4p bonds                                (D) 5s  and 7p bonds


  1. Acetoaldoxime reacts with P2O5 to give

(A) Methyl cyanide                                   (B) Methyl cyanate

(C) Ethyl cyanide                                      (D) None of these


  1. Among the following statements on the nitration of aromatic compounds, the false one is

(A) the rate of nitration of benzene is almost the same as that of hexadeuterobenzene

(B) the rate of nitration of toluene is greater than that of benzene

(C) the rate of nitration of benzene is greater than that of hexadeutero benzene

(D) nitration is an electrophilic substitution reaction


  1. C6H5Cº N and C exhibit which type of isomerism?

(A) Position                                               (B) Functional

(C) Dextroisomerism                                (D) Positional isomerism


  1. Nitrosoamines (R2N—N = O) are in-soluble in water. On heating with conc. H2SO4, they give secondary amines. The reaction is called

(A) Libermann nitroso reaction                 (B)Etard reaction

(C) Fries reaction                                      (D) Perkin reaction

  1. The compound obtained by heating a mixture of a primary amine and chloroform with ethanolic KOH is

(A) An alkyl halide                                     (B) An alkyl isocyanide

(C) An amide                                            (D) An amide and a nitro compound


  1. Among the following, the strongest base is

(A) C6H5NH2                                             (B) p-NO2C6H4.NH2

(C) m-NO2.C6H4.NH2                               (D) C6H5CH2NH2


  1. A positive carbylamine test is given by

(A) N,N-dimethylaniline                            (B) 2,4-dimethylaniline

(C) N-methyl-o-methylaniline                   (D) p-methyl benzylamine


  1. What is the end product in the following sequence of reactions?

C2H5NH2 A B  C

(A) Ethyl cyanide                                      (B) Ethyl amine

(C) Methyl amine                                      (D) Acetamide


  1. Hinsberg’s test is used to identify

(A) alcohol                                                 (B) ketone

(C) amine                                                  (D) alkyne



(A) p-Bromoaniline                                    (B) 2,4,6-Tribromoaniline

(C) Nitrobenzene                                      (D) m-Bromoaniline


  1. The decreasing order of basicity amongst the amines, CH3NH2,(CH3)2NH, C6H5NH2 and (C6H5)2NH is

(A) CH3NH2 > (CH3)2NH > C6H5NH2 > (C6H5)2NH

(B) (CH3)2NH > CH3NH2 > C6H5NH2 > (C6H5)2NH

(C) (CH3)2NH > CH3NH2 < (C6H5)2NH > C6H5NH2

(D) C6H5NH2 > (C6H5)2NH > CH3NH2 > (CH3)2NH


  1. Which statement is not correct?

(A) Amines form hydrogen bond

(B) Ethylamine has higher boiling point than propane

(C) Methylamine is more basic than ammonia

(D) Dimethyl amine is less basic than methylamine





  1. Answers  (Objective Assignment)




  1. B                                                               2.         B  
  2. C                                                               4.         B
  3. C                                                               6.         A
  4. C                                                               8.         B  
  5. C                                                               10.       D
  6. C                                                               12.       B
  7. B                                                               14.       C
  8. D                                                              




  1. B                                                               2.         B
  2. A                                                               4.         A  
  3. C                                                               6.         B  
  4. A                                                               8.         B
  5. D                                                               10.       D  
  6. B                                                               12.       C  
  7. A                                                               14.       B
  8. D





    Subjective Problems



  1. a) CH2CH2CH2CH2NH2 by substitution
  2. b) CH2 – CH2 by elimination


2.         a)




  1. Hint – Carbylamine reaction followed by reduction


  1. Follow path amide RNH2




  1. n-propyl amine


  C  = CH3—CH2—CH2NH2
























  1. (X) CH3CH2COCl


(Z) CH3—CH2—NH2


  1. n or Iso C3H7—N(CH3)2
  2. n-Butyl cation
5. A = (CH3)2 CHNH2

B = (CH3)2CHOH

C = (CH3)2CO









(B) CH2=CH–CH2–CH3



  1. (A) CH3—NH2

(B) (CH3)3N

(C) (CH3)2N—NH2

  1. a) Benzene ® toluene ®p-bromo toluene.
  2. b) Benzene ® toluene ® p-amino toluene ® p-cyano toluene ® p-methyl benzoic acid.
  3. c) Benzene ® nitro benzene ® m-bromo nitrobenzene ® m-bromo aniline ® m-bromo phenol.









2. A  


3. A  


  1. A = HCON(CH3)2

B = (ch3)2nh






  1. (A) CH3CH(NH­2)CH­2CH­3






  1. A  :  CH3—C6H4—CH=C(CH3)2;

B  :  CH3C6H4—CHO;

C  :  CH3COCH­;

D  :  CH3—C6H4—CO2H ;

E  :  CH3—C6H4CONH2 ;

F  :  CH3—C6H4—NH2 .



  1. A : CH3CH2COCl ;         B : CH3CH2CONH2;

C : CH3CH2NH2; D : CH3CH2OH;



  1. 50 ml of 0.05 M H2SO4 = 50 ml and 0.1 N H2SO4

Amount of H2SO4 used up = 25 ml of  0.1 N       = 2.5 ml of 1N

Amount of NH3 liberated = 2.5 ml of 1N

=  = 0.0425 g

Amount of Nitrogen present in 0.303 g

=  = 0.035 g

% N2 = ´ 100 = 11.55

The % of O2 = 100– 86.75 = 13.25

C         H         N         O

69.4     5.8       11.55   13.25

Dividing by respective atomic weight

5.78     5.8       0.825   0.828

Dividing by the least number

7          7          1          1

The empirical formula is C7H7NO

Empirical formula weight = 121

\ Molecular formula  = C7H7NO


are the possible structures


  1. a) Reductive cleavage converts the azo compound to two 1° amines. ArNH2, Ar¢NH2. The amine N’s originate from N’s of the cleaved azo bond.


                  b)                  i)




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