The Chemistry of Reactive Dyes

  • C. V. Stead


Over the years there have been numerous instances of interplay between dyestuffs chemistry and the biological sciences. As examples may be cited the many dyes designed as acid dyes for wool or as direct cotton dyes which find useful application as biological stains and the effectiveness of certain dyes in in vitro applications against bacteria. Incorporation into simple azo dyes of a sulphonamide group which was favoured as a substituent in acid wool dyes, owing to its enhancement of certain important dyestuff properties, led ultimately to the outstanding discovery of the in vivo effectiveness of the azo compound Prontosil and thence to the sulphonamide drugs. These examples bear testimony to the interaction between the two disciplines.


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