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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 185-195

Properties of Binuclear Rhodium(II) Complexes and Their Antibacterial Activity

1Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wrocław, 14 Joliot-Curie, Wrocław 50-383, Poland
2Institute of Microbiology, University of Wrocław, 63/77 Przybyszewskiego, Wrocław, Poland

Received 5 July 1996; Accepted 15 July 1996

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Binuclear rhodium(II) complexes [Rh2Cl2(μ-OOCR)2(N-N)2], [Rh2(μ-OOCR)2(N-N)2(H2O)2](RCOO)2 and [Rh2Cl2(μ-OOCCH3)(terpy)2](H3O)Cl2.9H2O (R = H, Me, Bun,ph, PhCHOH; N-N = 2,2′-bipyridine (bpy), 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dmp) and 6,7-dimethyl-2,3- di(2-pyridyl)quinoxaline (dmpq); terpy 2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine) have been synthesized and their structure and properties have been studied by electronic, IR and H1 NMR spectroscopy. Antibacterial activity of these complexes against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli has been investigated. The most active antibacterial agents against S. aureus were [Rh2(OOCPh)2(phen)2(H2O)2]2+, [Rh2(OOCPh)2(dmpq)2(H2O)2]2+, [Rh2(OOCBu)2(phen)2(H2O)2]2+ and [Rh2-(OOCBu)2(bpy)2(H2O)2]2+ which were considerably more active than the appropriate nitrogen ligands. The complexes show rather low activity against E. coli.