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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6172626, 7 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Spectroscopic, and Thermal Investigations of Metal Complexes with Mefenamic Acid

Institute of General and Ecological Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, 116 Zeromskiego Street, 90-924 Lodz, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Karolina Kafarska

Received 18 September 2017; Revised 16 November 2017; Accepted 21 November 2017; Published 18 December 2017

Academic Editor: Maria F. Carvalho

Copyright © 2017 Karolina Kafarska 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 novel metal complexes with empirical formulae M(mef)2·nH2O (where M = Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), and Cd(II); mef is the mefenamic ligand) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, FTIR-spectroscopy, and thermal decomposition techniques. All IR spectra revealed absorption bands related to the asymmetric and symmetric vibrations of carboxylate group. The Nakamoto criteria clearly indicate that this group is bonded in a bidentate chelate mode. The thermal behavior of complexes was studied by TGA methods under non-isothermal condition in air. Upon heating, all compounds decompose progressively to metal oxides, which are the final products of pyrolysis. Cu(II), Zn(II), and Cd(II) complexes were also characterized by the coupled TG-FTIR technique, which finally proved the path and gaseous products of thermal decomposition. Additionally, the coupled TG-MS system was used to determine the principal volatile products of thermolysis and fragmentation processes of Mn(mef)2·3H2O and Co(mef)2·2H2O.