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Synthesis, Crystal Structures and Antibacterial Activities of N,N'-Ethylene-bis(3-bromosalicylaldimine) and Its Copper(II) and Cobalt(III) Complexes

Xue-Song Lin, Yong-Gang Huang, Rui-Fa Jin, Ya-Li Sang


A bis-Schiff base N,N'-ethylene-bis(3-bromosalicylaldimine) (H2L) was prepared from 3-bromosalicylaldehyde and ethane-1,2-diamine. With H2L as ligand, a new copper(II) complex [CuL] (1) and a new cobalt(III) complex [CoL(NCS)(DMF)] (2) were prepared and characterized by physico-chemical methods and single crystal X-ray analysis. X-ray analysis indicates that the Cu atom in complex 1 is in square planar coordination, and the Co atom in complex 2 is in octahedral coordination. The compounds were tested in vitro for their antibacterial activities on Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens. Both complexes have effective activities on the bacteria.


Schiff base; copper complex; cobalt complex; crystal structure; antibacterial activity

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