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Zinc(II) Complexes Derived from Schiff Bases: Syntheses, Structures, and Biological Activity

Ling-Wei Xue, Xu Fu, Gan-Qing Zhao, Qing-Bin Li


Three new zinc(II) complexes, [Zn2I2(L1)2] (1), [Zn(HL2)2(NCS)2] (2), and [ZnIL3] (3), where L1 is the anionic form of 2-[(6-methylpyridin-2-ylimino)methyl]phenol (HL1), HL2 is the zwitterionic form of 2-(cyclopropyliminomethyl)-5-fluorophenol (HL2), and L3 is the anionic form of 5-bromo-2-[(3-morpholin-4-ylpropylimino)methyl]phenol (HL3), have been prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV and NMR spectra, and single crystal X-ray crystallographic determination. Complex 1 is a dinuclear zinc complex, and complexes 2 and 3 are mononuclear zinc complexes. The Zn atoms in the complexes are in tetrahedral coordination. The effect of the complexes on the antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans were evaluated.


Zinc complex; Schiff base; Crystal structure; Antimicrobial activity

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