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Syntheses, Crystal Structures, and Antibacterial Activity of New Tetranuclear Zinc(II) Complexes with Schiff Base Ligands

Heng-Yu Qian


Two new tetranuclear zinc(II) complexes, [Zn4(L1)2(μ2-η1:η1-CH3COO)4(μ1,1-N3)2] (1) and [Zn4(L2)4(CH3CH2OH)(H2O)] (2), where L1 and L2 are the deprotonated forms of 4-fluoro-2-((pyridin-2-ylmethylimino)methyl)phenol (HL1) and 4-fluoro-2-((2-(hydroxymethyl)phenylimino)methyl)phenol (H2L2), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy, and single crystal X-ray diffraction. X-ray crystal structural study indicated that the distances between the adjacent Zn atoms are 3.160(1)–3.353(1) Å in 1 and 3.005(1)–3.168(1) Å in 2. All zinc atoms in 1 are pentacoordinated in trigonal bipyramidal geometry, and those in 2 are in square pyramidal and octahedral geometry. The complexes and the Schiff bases were assayed for antibacterial activities against three Gram-positive bacterial strains (B. subtilis, S. aureus, and St. faecalis) and three Gram-negative bacterial strains (E. coli, P. aeruginosa, and E. cloacae) by MTT method.


Tridentate Schiff base; crystal structure; zinc complex; tetranuclear structure; antibacterial property

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