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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 404617, 9 pages
Research Article

Microwave Assisted Synthesis, Spectral and Antifungal Studies of 2-Phenyl-N,N′-bis(pyridin-4-ylcarbonyl)butanediamide Ligand and Its Metal Complexes

1Biomaterial Research Unit, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, 16150 Kelantan, Malaysia
2Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
3Departamento de Quımica, FCTUC, Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Larga, 3004-535 Coimbra, Portugal
4School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lovely Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Punjab-144411, India

Received 5 December 2013; Accepted 2 January 2014; Published 19 March 2014

Academic Editors: J.-P. Bouchara and S. A. El-Korashy

Copyright © 2014 Rayees Ahmad Shiekh 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.


2-Phenyl-N,N′-bis(pyridin-4-ylcarbonyl)butanediamide ligand with a series of transition metal complexes has been synthesized via two routes: microwave irradiation and conventional heating method. Microwave irritation method happened to be the efficient and versatile route for the synthesis of these metal complexes. These complexes were found to have the general composition M(L)Cl2/M(L)(CH3COO)2 (where M = Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II), and L = ligand). Different physical and spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate the structural features of the synthesized compounds, which supported an octahedral geometry for these complexes. In vitro antifungal activity of the ligand and its metal complexes revealed that the metal complexes are highly active compared to the standard drug. Metal complexes showed enhanced activity compared to the ligand, which is an important step towards the designing of antifungal drug candidates.