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Anion Induced Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Antibacterial Activity of Zinc(II) Complexes Derived from 5-Bromo-2-((2-(diethylamino)ethylimino)methyl)phenol

Huan-Yu Liu, Xiang Gan, Jin-Yan Ding, Zhi-Tao Li, Qiao Chen


By changing the anions of zinc salts, three different zinc(II) complexes, [Zn2(HL)2(NCS)4]·2CH3OH (1), [Zn2L(μ2-η1:η1-CH3COO)2(NCS)] (2) and [Zn(HL)I2]·CH3OH (3), where L = 5-bromo-2-((2-(diethylamino)ethylimino)methyl)phenolate, HL = 5-bromo-2-((2-(diethylammonio)ethylimino)methyl)phenolate, have been synthesized and characterized by IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, as well as single-crystal X-ray diffraction. X-ray analysis indicates that the Zn atoms in the complexes are in trigonal bipyramidal, square pyramidal and tetrahedral coordination. The anions of the zinc salts lead to the formation of different structures of the complexes. Antibacterial activity of the complexes against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsielle pneumoniae and Candida albicans strains was studied.


Schiff base; Zinc complex; Self-assembly; Crystal structure; Antibacterial activity

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