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Synthesis, Characterization and Crystal Structures of Schiff Base Copper Complexes with Urease Inhibitory Activity

Shuang Han, Yuan Wang


Urease inhibitors can inhibit the decomposition rate of urea, and decrease the air pollution caused by ammonia. In this paper, four new copper(II) complexes [CuL(ONO2)]n (1), [Cu2L2(μ1,3-N3)2] (2), [CuBrL] (3), and [CuClL] (4), where L = 5-bromo-2-(((2-methylamino)ethyl)imino)methyl)phenolate, have been synthesized and characterized. The complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, molar conductivity, and single crystal X-ray diffraction. X-ray analysis reveals that Cu atoms in complexes 1 and 2 are in square pyramidal coordination, and those in complexes 3 and 4 are in square planar coordination. The molecules of the complexes are linked through hydrogen bonds and π···π interactions. The inhibitory effects of the complexes on Jack bean urease were studied, which showed that the complexes have effective activity on urease.


Schiff base; Copper complex; X-ray diffraction; Urease inhibitory activity

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