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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 217947, 5 pages
Research Article

Solid-State Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Activity of the Bioinorganic Complex of Aspartic Acid and Arsenic Triiodide

1State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composite and Functional Materials, School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, China
2College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
3Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China

Received 2 May 2013; Revised 24 July 2013; Accepted 24 July 2013

Academic Editor: Henryk Kozlowski

Copyright © 2013 Guo-Qing Zhong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The bioinorganic complex of aspartic acid and arsenic triiodide was synthesized by a solid-state reaction at room temperature. The formula of the complex is AsI3[HOOCCH2CH(NH2)COOH]2.5. The crystal structure of the complex belongs to monoclinic system with lattice parameters:  nm,  nm,  nm, and . The infrared spectra can demonstrate the complex formation between the arsenic ion and aspartic acid, and the complex may be a dimer with bridge structure. The result of primary biological test indicates that the complex possesses better biological activity for the HL-60 cells of the leukemia than arsenic triiodide.