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Publication numberUS3796580 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 12, 1974
Filing dateMar 30, 1971
Priority dateApr 10, 1970
Also published asDE2017206A1
Publication numberUS 3796580 A, US 3796580A, US-A-3796580, US3796580 A, US3796580A
InventorsOhlschlager H, Riester O
Original AssigneeAgfa Gevaert Ag
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spectrally sensitized light sensitive silver halide material
US 3796580 A
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United States Patent 3,796,580 SPECTRALLY SENSITIZED LIGHT SENSITIVE SILVER HALIDE MATERIAL Hans Ohlschlager, Cologne, and Oskar Riester, Leverkusen, Germany, assignors to Agfa-Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft, Leverkusen, Germany No Drawing. Filed Mar. 30, 1971, Ser. No. 129,580 Claims priority, application Germany, Apr. 10, 1970, P 20 17 206.9 Int. Cl. G03c 1/10 U.S. Cl. 96-127 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Excellent spectral sensitization of silver halide photographic materials with improved stability to elevated temperature and moisture is effected by trimethine hemioxonoles if the three carbon atoms of the trimethine chain form part of a 5- or 6-membered isocyclic ring. The sensitizing dyes have the formula:

wherein z 1"": D is s or =oH.--' I f, R1 Anton and the other symbols have the meaning given in the description.

The present invention relates to light-sensitive photographic materials which are spectrally sensitized with new types of sensitizing dyes, and more particularly to materials of this type which contain silver halide emulsion layers.

It has already been known for a long time to increase the sensitivity of light sensitive photographic materials, especially those materials which contain silver halide emulsion layers, by adding substances which increase the spectral range of sensitivity of the light sensitive substances. Numerous substances for the sensitization of silver halide emulsion layers have already been described; these substances mainly belong to the class of cyanine dyes. These known substances, however, often have disadvantages, for example their sensitization elfect may be insufiicient or they may impart an unwanted color to the layer or they may adversely affect the photographic process itself. This applies more particularly to specialized photographic materials. The adsorption on the silver halide should be of such a strength that the sensitizing effect is disturbed very little by other necessary additives such as wetting agents and emulsifiers, stabilizers, color couplers, dyes which can be bleached or white toners. Moreover, the sensitization should be reliable even under extreme conditions such as conditions of high temperature and moisture and the sensitizing dyes should not increase the basic fogging as is occasionally the case with basic cyanine dyes. The sensitizing dyes are also required to have certain sensitization properties such as suflicient intensity or sensitization in the sensitization range and above all a very steep drop in sensitization in the transition to light of longer wavelengths. For these reasons, there is considerable interest in finding new sensitization dyes which do not have the preceding disadvantages.

It has been known for a long time that trimethine hemioxonols have a very good sensitizing effect in silver 3,796,580 Patented Mar. 12, 1974 in which the symbols have the following meaning: Y is an aliphatic hydrocarbon radical required for completing a S-membered or 6-membered ring, e.g.

R and R are (1) hydrogen (2) saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups which preferably.

have up to 6 C atoms and which may be substituted e.g. with phenyl, hydroxyl, alkoxy, amino, quaternary ammonium, halogen, cyanogen or carboxyl, (3) cycloalkyl, for example cyclohexyl or (4) aryl, especially phenyl; and can be the same or different; furthermore, R and R may represent a heterocyclic ring together with nitrogen atom, e.g. a pyrrolidine, piperidine, hexamethyleneimine, morpholine, thiomorpholine, piperazine, phenomorpholine or tetrahydroquinoline ring;

R is hydrogen or saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups, preferably having up to 6 C atoms, for example methyl, ethyl, propyl or butyl; or aryl, especially phenyl;

R, R and R are (1) hydrogen (2) saturated or olefinically unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups preferably having up to 6 C atoms which may be substituted, e.g. with phenyl, hydroxyl or carboxyl, (3) cycloalkyl, example cyclohexyl, or (4) aryl, especially phenyl; and can be the same or different;

R is hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy or alkylthio preferably having up to 3 C atoms, for example methyl, methoxy or methylthio; or aryl, for example phenyl;

R is (l) saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups preferably having up to 6 C atoms, which groups may be substituted, e.g. with phenyl, hydroxyl, halogen, amino, carboxyl, sulfo, sulfonyl amino, sulfamyl, carbonamido, carbamyl, carbalkoxy, sulfate or thiosulfate (2) cycloalkyl such as cyclohexyl or (3) aryl, especially phenyl;

X and Z may be identical or different and may represent --O, -S, -NR or CONR p and q are identical or different and represent 0 or 1;

Anion is any anion, e.g. a halide, such as chloride, bromide or iodide, perchlorate, sulfate, methylsulfate, ptoluenesulfonate and the like; the anion is not present in cases where R contains an acid group in the anionic form so that a betaine is present;

Q=a radical required for completing a heterocyclic group comprising a S-membered or 6-membered heterocyclic ring; the heterocyclic group may contain a condensed -benzene or naphthalene ring and other substituents;

for example those of the thiazole series (e.g. thiazole, 4- methylthiazole, S-methylthiazole, 4,5-dimethy1thiazole, 4- phenylthiazole, S-phenylthiazole, 4,5 diphenylthiazole, benzothiazole, 4 chlorobenzothiazole, 5 .chlorobenzothiazole, 6 chlorobenzothiazole, 7 chlorobenzothiazole, 6 bromobenzothiazole, 5 iodobenzothiazole, 6 iodobenzothiazole, 4 methylbenzothiazole, 5 methylbenzothiazole, 6 methylbenzothiazole, 5,6 dimethylbenzothiazole, 4 phenylbenzothiazole, 5-phenylbenzothiazole, 6 phenylbenzothiazole, S-hydroxybenzothiazole, 6 hydroxybenzothiazole, 4 methoxybenzothiazole, S-methoxybenzothiazole, 6 methoxybenzothiazole, 5 ethoxybenzothiazole, 6 ethoxybenzothiazole, 5,6 dimethoxybenzothiazole, 5,6 methylenedioxybenzothiazole, 5 diethylaminobenzothiazole, 6 diethylaminobenzothiazole, 5- carboxybenzothiazole, 5 sulfobenzothiazole, tetrahydrobenzothiazole, 7 oxotetrahydrobenzothiazole, naphtho- [1,2-d1thiazole, naphtho[2,1-d]thiazole, 5-methoxynaphtho[2,1-d]thiazole, 5 ethoxynaptho[2,1-d]thiazole, 7- methoxynaphtho[2,l-d]thiazole or 8 methoxynaphtho- [1,2-d]thiazole thiazoline or 4-methyl thiazoline); those of the selenazole series (e.g. 4-methylselenazole .or 4- phenylselenazole, benzoselenazole, 5 chlorobenzoselenazole, 5,6 dimethylbenz'oselenazole, 5 hydroxybenzoselenazole, 5 methoxybenzoselenazole, tetrahydrobenzoselenazole, naphtho[l,2-d]selenazole or naphtho[2,1-d] selenazole); those of the oxazole series (e.g. oxazole, 4- methyloxazole, 4 phenyloxazole, 4,5-diphenyloxazole, benzoxazole, 5 chlorobenzoxazole, 6-chlorobenzoxazole, 5,6 dimethylbenzoxazole, 5 phenylbenzoxazole, S-hydroxybenzoxazole, 5 methoxybenzoxazole, 5 ethoxybenzoxazole, 6 dialkylaminobenzoxazole, 5 carboxybenzoxazole, 5 sulfonbenzoxazole, 5 sulfonamidobenzoxazole, 5 B carboxyvinylbenzoxazole, naphtho[1,2-d] oxazole, naphtho[2,1-d]oxazole or naphtho[2,3-d]oxazole); those of the imidazole series including benzimidazoles-and naphthimidazoles (e.g. P methylimidazole,

1 ethyl 4 phenyl imidazole, 1 butyl-,4,5-dimethylimidazole, 1 methylbenzimidazole, 1 butyl 4 methylbenzimidazole, 1 ethyl 5,6 dichlorobenzimidazole, l ethyl 5 trifiuoromethylbenzimidazole, l methylnaphtho [l, 2-d ]imidazole or 1 ethyl naphtho[2,3d] imidazole; those of the 3,3 dialkylindolenine series (e.g. 3,.3 dimethylindolenine, 3,'3,5-trimethylindolenine or 3,3 dimethyl 5 -methoxyindo1enine); those of the pyridine series (e.g. pyridine, 3 methylpyridine, 4 methylpyridine, 5 methylpyridine,,6 methylpyridine, 3,4dimethylpyridine, 3,5 dimethylpyridine, 3,6 dimethylpyridine, 4,5 dimethylpyridine, 4,6 dimethylpyridine, 4 chloropyridine, 5 chloropyridine, 6 chloropyridine, f3; h'y droxypyridine, 4 hydroxypyridine, 5 hydroxypyridine, 6 hydronypyridine, 3 phenylpyridine, 4 phenylpyridine or '6 phenylpyridine, 3 chloropyr'idine or 3 hydrqxypyridine); those of the quinoline series (e.g. quinoline, 3 methylquinoline, 5 methylquinoline, 7 methylquinoline, 8 methylquinoline, 6 chloroquinoline, 8-chlo1'oquinoline, 6 methoxyquinoline, 6 ethoxyquinoline, 6- hydroxyquinoline, 8 hydroxyquinoline or 5 oX'o-5,6,7,8 tetrahydroquinoline); those of the isoquinoline series (e.g. isoquinoline or 3,4 dihydroisoquinoline); and those of the pyrroline, tetrahydropyridine, thiadiazole, oxadiazole, pyrimidine, triazine'or benzothiazine series.

' The heterocyclic groups may in addition be substituted by any other substituents, e.g. by additional alkyl groups which preferably have up to 3 C atoms, e.g. methyl or ethyl, or halogen such as chlorine or bromine, hydroxyl, alkoxy, preferably with up to 3 C atoms such as methoxy or ethoxy, hydroxyalkyl, alkylthio, aryl such as phenyl, or aralkyl such as benzyl, amino, substituted amino and the like.

The following are examples of suitable compounds. The absorption maxima were measured in methanolic solution unless otherwise indicated. DMF in the following table denotes dimethylformamide, and um. denotes millimicrons.

Absorption Sensitization maximum maximum No. Dye (mm) N s Y 0:-

i N S 7 TABLE--Continued r Absorption""Sensitization'" r maximum maximum No. Dye (m 32 n h w lCH 610 705 33 (CHCla) N -"'S C E 0 CHI-C S CzHs 0- S O N: s

:CH O- I N H G) 2 s 52 N ='S S--- =CH -N N 11 zHs 7 G S Q j =CH O=---N \N 2): f og I 112): g on The starting materials for the preparation of the dyes according to the invention are l-aminocyclohexenone-3 or 1-aminocyclopentenone-3 represented by the following formulae:

or I Il -N O Ii -N O in which R R and R have the meaning already indicated; 1-aminocyclohexenone-3 and l-aminocyclopentenone-3 can easily be prepared by the condensation of dihydroresorcinols or cyclopentadiones with amines.

1-pyrrolidino-cyclohexenone-3 ene compounds, for example with N-ethylrhodanine. The multi-nuclear dyes are obtained by again quaternizing the resulting hemioxonoles and reacting the resulting compounds with ketomethylene compounds or with 2-methylquaternary salts of heterocyclic bases.

The preparation of some of the dyes is described in detail below.

Dye 1: 1.6 g. of pyrrolidino-cyclohexenone-3 and 1 ml. of dimethylsulfate are heated in an oil bath to 100 C. the reaction temperature rising to 120 C. Without isolating the quaternary salt, the reaction mixture is heated on a steam bath for 5 minutes with 1.6 g. of N-ethylrhodanine in 15 ml. of ethanol with the addition of 2 ml. of triethylamine, the dye partly precipitating in the process. The mixture is cooled and the dye is isolated by suction filtration and recrystallized twice, each time from 40 ml. of ethanol with the addition of active charcoal. Yield 1.4 g., M.P. 179 C. to 180 C.

Dye 28: 3.2 g. of Dye 3 and 4.2 g. of ethyl p-toluenesulfonate are heated on an oil bath to 130 C. for 20 minutes. The mixture is cooled and heated on a steam bath for minutes with 3.4 g. Z-methyl-3-ethyl-benzothiazolium-p-toluene sulfonate in 20 ml. of ethanol with the addition of 2 ml. of triethylamine. The mixture is cooled, the dye is precipitated in the form of an oil with ether, the solution is decanted and the residue is triturated with potassium iodide solution. The dye is isolated by suction filtration and recrystallized from methanol. 3.8 g., M.P. 199 C. to 201 C.

Dye 31: 3.2 g. of Dye 3 are quaternized by the method described for Dye 28 and heated on a steam 'bath for 10 minutes with 1.6 g. of N-ethylrhodanine in 20 ml. of alcohol and 2 ml. of triethylamine. The dye crystallizes on cooling. After recrystallization from 100 ml. of chloroform, 3.7 g. of the dye which has a melting point of 279 to 281 C. are obtained.

The sensitizing dyes according to the invention may be used in any silver halide emulsions. Suitable silver halides are silver chloride, silver bromide or mixtures of these salts, optionally with a small silver iodide content of up to 10 mols percent.

The silver halides may be dispersed in the usual hydrophilic compounds, for example, carboxymethylcellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, alginic acid and its salts, esters or amides or preferably in gelatin.

The sensitizing dyes to be used according to the present invention are advantageously added to the photographic emulsion after chemical ripening and before casting. The methods used for this are generally known in the art. The sensitizing dyes are generally incorporated in the emulsion in the form of solutions. The solvents must, of course, be compatible with gelatin and must not have any adverse elfect on the photographic properties of the emulsion. Water, methanol, ethanol, acetone or mixtures of these substances are generally used as solvents. The quantity of sensitizing dye added may vary within wide limits, e.g. between 10 and 1000 mg./mol of silver halide, and the amount used is preferably between 30 and 300 mg./ mol of silver halide. The concentration of the dye may be adjusted to the individual requirements depending on the nature of the emulsion, and the sensitizing eifect required. The most suitable concentration for any given emulsion can easily be determined by the usual tests employed in photography.

The emulsions may also be chemically sensitized, e.g. by the addition of compounds which contain sulfur at the stage of chemical ripening, for example compounds such as allylisothiocyanate, allylthiourea or sodium thiosulfate. Reducing agents, e.g. the tin compound described in Belgian Patents 493,464 and 568,687 or polyamines such as diethylenetriamine or aminomethylsulfinic acid derivatives, e.g. as described in British patent specification 789,823, may also be used as chemical sensitizers.

Noble metals and noble metal compounds, e.g. gold, platinum, palladium, iridium, ruthenium or rhodium are also suitable for use as chemical sensitizers. This method 14 of chemical sensitization has been described in the article by R. Koslowsky, Z. Wiss. Phot. 46, 65-72 (1951).

The emulsions may also be sensitized with polyalkylene oxide derivatives, e.g. with polyethylene oxide having a molecular weight of between 1000 and 20,000, or with condensation products of alkylene oxide and aliphatic alcohols, glycols or cyclic dehydration products of hexitols or with alkyl substituted phenols, aliphatic carboxylic acids, aliphatic amines, aliphatic diamines and amides. The condensation products have a molecular weight of at least 700 and preferably more than 1000. These sensitizers may, of course, be combined to achieve special effects, as described in Belgian Pat. 537,278 and in British patent specification 727,982.

The emulsions may also contain other spectral sensitizers in addition, e.g. the usual polymethine dyes such as merocyanines, basic or acid carbocyanines, rhodacyanines, hemicyanines, styryl dyes, oxonoles and the like. Sensitizers of this type have been described in the work by F. M. Hamer "Ihe Cyanine Dyes and Related Compounds," (1964).

The emulsions according to the invention may contain the usual stabilizers e.g. homopolar or salt-like compounds of mercury which have aromatic or heterocyclic rings such as mercapto triazoles, simple mercury salts, sulfonium mercury double salts and other mercury compounds.

Azaindenes are also suitable stabilizers, especially tetraand penta-azaindenes and in particular those which are substituted with hydroxyl or amino groups. Compounds of this type have been described in the article by Birr. Z. Wiss. Phot. 47, 2-5 8 (1952). Other suitable stabilizers are e.g. heterocyclic mercapto compounds such as phenylmercaptotetrazole, quaternary benzothiazole derivatives, benzotriazole and the like.

The emulsions may be hardened in the usual manner, for example with formaldehyde or halosubstituted aldehydes which contain a carboxyl group, e.g. mucobromic acid, diketones, methanesulfonic acid esters or dialdehydes.

The emulsions according to the present invention may be used for various photographic recording materials, in printing materials, in film used for reproduction photography, in X-ray films, in materials which are suitable for the silver salt diffusion process, in color photographic materials or in photographic materials for the silver dye bleaching process.

The sensitizers used according to the present invention are also suitable for the spectral sensitization of electrophotographic layers, especially layers which contain photoconductive zinc oxide distributed in an insulating binder.

Example 30 mg. of each of the sensitizing dyes mentioned in the following table are added to a silver chlorobromide emulsion containing 29.5 g. of silver per kg. The emulsion is in each case cast on a baryta paper support in the usual manner and dried. The light sensitive layer thus formed is exposed behind a grey step wedge V2 steps) for 10 seconds and then developed for 2 minutes in a developer of the following composition:

p-Methylaminophenol l Hydroquinone 3 Anhydrous sodium sulfite 13 Anhydrous sodium carbonate 26 Potassium bromide 1 Water up to 1000 ml.

15 16 being processed. For comparison, the known hemi-oxonols R and R are 1) hydrogen, (2) saturated or unsatu- (I), (II) and (III) represented by the following formula rated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups having up to 6 carwere included in the table: bon atoms and which may be substituted with quaternary ammonium, alkoxy, carboxyl or cyano, (3) NCH=OH-OH= 5 cycloalkyl and (4) aryl, and be the same or different, =S and together with the nitrogen atom to which they are 0=- linked represent a heterocyclic ring;

R; is hydrogen or saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hy- (I) X=S, R=C2Hs drocarbon groups having up to 6 C atoms; (H) X=O, R=C2H5 10 R R and R are (1) hydrogen, (2) saturated or (m) R=C6H5 olefimcally unsaturated al1phat1c hydrocarbon groups having up to 6 C atoms, which may be substituted with Relativesensitivlty carboxyl, (3) cycloalkyl or (4) aryl, and can be the steps) same or difierent;

After R is hydrogen or alkyl, alkoxy or alkylthio having up to Fresh 355, 3 3 C atoms or aryl; Dye sample cupboard R is (1) a saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon group having up to 6 C atoms, which may be sub- 83352223335313: 3 stituted with carboxyl or sulfo; (2) cycloalkyl or (3) g mp dy g g aryl; m 24 X and Z may be identical or ditferent and represent 0, S 5:13 3; NR or co-NR 5 7 27 28 p and q may be identical or different and represent 0 or 1; Dy 26 27 Anion is an anion and can be the anion of an acid group What is claimed is: 25 1. A photographic silver halide emulsion which con- Q 15 fi f reqgmed gomplgtmg i g g tains an eflFective amount of a sensitizing dye of the folgg ere or r lowmg formula: References Cited R! 'Y Ri R I! x 30 UNITED STATES PATENTS IT I 2,956,881 10/1960 Van Lare 96 142 3,357,833 12/1967 Riester 96-427 3,379,727 4/1968 Riester 96-127 3,506,655 4/ 1970 Jefireys 96-127 in WhlCh Y is an aliphatic hydrocarbon required for completing a L T A BROWN, primary Examiner S-membered or 6-membered ring;

2 U.S. Cl. X.R. D T 9 40 96139, 140, 142;260240.1, 240.4

1 1 Anion RIP

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U.S. Classification430/578, 430/591, 546/209, 546/198, 430/594
International ClassificationC09B23/01, G03C1/12, G03G5/06, G03C1/26, C09B23/00
Cooperative ClassificationG03G5/0674, G03G5/0661, C09B23/0066, G03C1/26, G03G5/067, C09B23/0075
European ClassificationG03G5/06H2D2, C09B23/00R, G03G5/06D4D, C09B23/00D, G03C1/26, G03G5/06H2B2