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Shubhangi N. Kotkar, Harjeet D. Juneja, "Synthesis, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Studies of N, O Donor Schiff Base Polymeric Complexes", Journal of Chemistry, vol. 2013, Article ID 479343, 5 pages, 2013.

Synthesis, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Studies of N, O Donor Schiff Base Polymeric Complexes

Academic Editor: Antonio Manuel Romerosa-Nievas
Received09 May 2013
Revised01 Aug 2013
Accepted01 Aug 2013
Published03 Sep 2013


A series of new polymeric complexes of Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) were prepared with a Schiff base ligand derived from condensation of 2,4-dihydroxy acetophenone and p-phenylene diamine and characterized by elemental analysis and IR and NMR spectral data. The antimicrobial activity of the Schiff base and its polymeric complexes have been studied.

1. Introduction

Compounds containing imines bases have found extensive applications in organic synthesis [1]; several of these molecules display significant biological activity. In the last decade Schiff base ligands [24] have received more attention mainly because of their wide applications in the field of catalysis [5] and due to their antimicrobial [68] and antifungal activity [9].

Schiff bases play an important role in inorganic chemistry as they can easily form stable complexes with most transition metal ions [10, 11]. The development of the field of bioinorganic chemistry has increased the interest in Schiff base complexes, since it has been recognized that many of these complexes may serve as models for biologically important species. Schiff base metal complexes were investigated for fungicidal, fungistatic, bactericidal, and bacteriostatic activities [1215].

The condensation reaction between 2,4-dihydroxy acetophenone and p-phenylene diamine yields a new compound with mainly two donor sites suitable for the study of ligational behavior which attracted our attention to synthesize Schiff’s base which has been used for the preparation of the metal complexes of transition metals such as Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) [16].

In the present work, the structures of synthesized bis-bidentate ligand and its polymeric metal complexes with Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) ions have been characterized by various physicochemical techniques, namely, elemental analysis and IR and NMR spectral studies, and were also screened for antibacterial activities against some species of pathogenic bacteria.

2. Experimental

2.1. Materials and Methodology

All the chemicals used were of analytical grade. Solvents used were of analytical grade and purified by standard procedures.

2.2. Synthesis of Ligand

Synthesis of ligand was carried out in two steps. The first step involved the preparation of 2,4-dihydroxy acetophenone while the second step involved the preparation of ligand.

2.2.1. Synthesis of 2,4-Dihydroxy Acetophenone

Anhydrous ZnCl2 (70 g) was dissolved in glacial acetic acid (65 mL) in a 500 mL beaker. The solution was heated on wire gauge up to 140°C, and resorcinol (45 g) was added slowly with constant stirring. The temperature then raised up to 152°C, and the solution began to boil. It was allowed to stand for 30 min and diluted with HCl (50%). The resulting orange colored solid was collected, washed with dil. HCl (200 mL), and crystallized from water. The yield was found to be 80%, and the melting point was found to be 144°C. Scheme 1, represents its synthesis.

2.2.2. Synthesis of N,N′-1,4-Phenylene Bis(2,4-Dihydroxy Acetophenonylidene Imine)

2,4-dihydroxy acetophenone (0.05 M, 7.6 g) and p-phenylene diamine (0.025 M, 2.7 g) were placed in round bottomed flask in distilled ethanolic medium, and few drops of acetic acid were added as a catalyst. The reaction mixture was refluxed on sand bath for 1 hr and then poured on crushed ice to get yellow-orange crystals of Schiff base ligand N,N′-1,4-phenylene bis(2,4-dihydroxy acetophenonylidene imine). The precipitated crystals of Schiff base were filtered and recrystallised with aqueous ethanol and dried. The yield was found to be 65%, and the melting point was found to be 125°C. Scheme 2, represents synthesis of ligand.

2.2.3. Synthesis of Polymeric Complexes

N,N′-1,4-Phenylene bis(2,4-dihydroxy acetophenonylidene imine) (1 mol) was dissolved in distilled methanol and then added to the metal acetate (1 mol) in distilled methanol. The reaction mixture was then refluxed on water bath for 2 hr and kept at room temperature for overnight. The precipitated complex was then filtered under suction and washed successively with hot water and methanol to remove unreacted ligand and metal acetate if any present and then dried.

3. Results and Discussion

The stoichiometry of the ligand and its polymeric complexes were confirmed by their elemental analysis. The elemental analysis of the ligand and its metal complexes show good support with the proposed structures of the ligand and its complexes and have been reported in Table 1.

Compound ColourEmpirical formulaMol. Wt C Cal. (found)H Cal. (found)N Cal. (found)

LOrangeC22H20N2O4376.4170.13 (70.15)5.31 (5.35) 7.43 (7.39)
Mn(II)L 2H2OBrownC22H18N2O4Mn·2H2O465.3456.73 (56.80)4.72 (4.80)6.01 (6.14)
Co(II)L 2H2OBluish blackC22H18N2O4Co·2H2O469.3456.24 (56.33)3.68 (3.92)5.96 (5.98)
Ni(II)L 2H2OGreyC22H18N2O4Ni·2H2O469.1056.27 (56.40)4.68 (4.99)5.96 (5.99)
Cu(II)L Shining blackC22H18N2O4Cu437.9560.28 (60.35)4.11 (4.20)6.39 (6.46)
Zn(II)L WhitishC22H18N2O4Zn439.8160.02 (60.08)4.09 (4.16)6.36 (6.39)

3.1. Infrared Spectral Analysis of Schiff Base Ligand

IR spectra of ligand L show an intense band at 3299 cm−1 indicating the presence of phenolic OH group. This sharp band is absent in the spectra of complexes indicting that the phenolic OH group is deprotonated and involved in coordination with metal [17].

The ligand shows an intense band due to ν (C=N) of azomethine group at around 1608 cm−1 consistent with the iminic absorption of free Schiff base [18]. The band for phenolic C–O stretching is seen at 1516 cm−1. The medium intense band at 3302–3362 cm−1 which is the characteristic of strong hydrogen bonded O–H vibration shows existence of intramolecular H bonding between phenolic oxygen and azomethine nitrogen [19].

3.2. Infrared Spectral Analysis of Schiff Base Complexes

In all complexes, the band for azomethine group undergoes a shift to lower energy, indicating coordination of azomethine nitrogen with metal ion [20, 21]. This fact is further supported by appearance of some new bands ν (M–N) at 630–667 cm−1 and (M–O) at 410–491 cm−1 in the spectra of complexes [22]. In the complex broad band from 3200 to 3600 cm−1 may be assigned to presence of lattice water. In addition to above bands, the IR bands due to phenyl ring systems between 1520 and 1566 cm−1 which are almost unaffected in the complex have been assigned to aromatic ν (C=C). In all complexes the band for phenolic (C–O) stretching shows a marked shift of 17–25 cm−1 to higher wave number due to the C–O–M bond formation [23]. The band for intramolecular H bonding is absent in complexes indicating deprotonation of phenolic –OH group and coordination with metal [24]. Bands at 745–780 cm−1 may attribute to rocking and wagging modes of the coordinated water. This band is absent in the spectra of CuL and ZnL indicating absence of coordinated water.

It is concluded from the significant shift of free ligand ν (C=N) to lower wave number side, increased wave number for phenolic ν (C–O) stretching band in complexes, that bonding of the ligand to metal ion is through phenolic oxygen and azomethine nitrogen. The data of IR is tabulated in Table 2.

S. numberCompound code (Ar–OH) (C=N) (M–N) (M–O) (C–O)

1L3302, 336216081516

3.3. 1H NMR Analysis of Ligand and Its Polymeric Complexes

1H NMR spectra of ligand at 400 MHz in DMSO exhibit a singlet at  ppm for phenolic –OH and multiplets in the aromatic region to 7.5 ppm, corresponding to benzene rings. The NMR signal at  ppm as a sharp and singlet peak is due to –CH3 proton [25].

1H NMR spectra of complexes at 400 MHz in DMSO show no peak corresponding to the presence of phenolic –OH, thus indicating removal of hydrogen and coordination of metal to ligand through phenolic oxygen. Peaks corresponding to benzene rings are also present in spectra of complexes without any change. Retention of peaks in aromatic region without any formal change indicates the preservation of the formal structure of ligand without any deformation. The structure of polymeric compounds has been shown in Figure 1.

3.4. Antimicrobial Activity of Ligand and Its Polymeric Complexes

Synthesized Schiff bases and their corresponding mixed ligand metal complexes were screened against E. coli, S. aureus, B. subtilis, and P. aeruginosa to assess their potential as antimicrobial agent by well-diffusion method also called as agar ditch method. The zones of inhibition based upon zone size were measured. The measured zones of inhibition against the growth of various microorganisms have been listed in Table 3.

SampleConc. ( g)Zone of inhibition in mm against
S. aureus E. coli B. subtilis P. aeruginosa







From Table 3 it has been found that all complexes show greater antibacterial activity than that of ligand [26]. CuL and MnL show very good results against all bacterial strains. Furthermore ZnL shows very good antibacterial activity against B. subtilis.

4. Conclusion

From the characterization of ligand and complexes using CHN analysis, IR and NMR structures of ligand and complexes were proposed. Measurements of inhibition zones of ligand and complexes at different concentrations show that all complexes have enhanced bactericidal activity more than ligand.


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