ACS Omega. 2023 Aug 11;8(33):30306-30314. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.3c03183. eCollection 2023 Aug 22.
In this study, we reported the synthesis of 1-(4-bromobenzoyl)-1,3-dicyclohexylurea by the reaction of DCC (N,N’-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide) with 4-bromobenzoic acid. Subsequently, we further synthesized a new series of 1-(4-arylbenzoyl)-1,3-dicyclohexylurea (5a-g) derivatives using a Suzuki cross-coupling reaction between 1-(4-bromobenzoyl)-1,3-dicyclohexylurea (3) and various aryl/heteroaryl boronic acids (4). Thus, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to examine the electronic structure of the synthesized compounds (3, 5a-g) and to calculate their spectroscopic data. Moreover, optimized geometries and thermodynamic properties, such as frontier molecular orbitals (HOMO, LUMO), molecular electrostatic potential surfaces, and reactivity descriptors, were also calculated at the PBE0-D3BJ/def2-TZVP/SMD1,4-dioxane level of theory to validate the structures of the synthesized compounds.