Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, DFT, oxygen binding and antioxidant activity of Fe(III), Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes with a tetradentate ONNO donor Schiff base ligand Scientific paper

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Satyendra Nath Shukla
Pratiksha Gaur
Mohan Lal Raidas
Singh Bagri


The Schiff base ligand, namely (7E)-N-benzylidene-2-styrylbenzen­amine-1,2-diamine-2,4-dihydroxy-phenol (L), was synthesized by conden­sation of 2,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde with o-phenylenediamine. The reaction of the ligand with Fe(III), Co(II) and Ni(II) salts in an 1:1 ratio yielded three com­plexes (13). Different analytical tools, like elemental analysis, ESI-MS, UV–Vis, FT-IR, NMR and EPR spectroscopy, then molar conductivity and magnetic susceptibility spectra, were used to elucidate the structure of the lig­and and complexes. Den­sity functional theory calculation at the B3LYP/3-211G++/LANL2DZ level of the theory has been carried out to optimize the geometry of the ligand and complexes. The tetradentate ligand has coordinated to metals through ONNO donors affording octahedral geometry. Complexes were studied for their oxygen-binding activity and free radical scavenging acti­vities. Complexes 1 and 2, which contain Fe(IIl) and Co(II), displayed rever­sible oxygen binding activity. On the other hand, complex 3 fails to show oxy­gen binding. The order of antioxidant activity is: 3 > 1 > 2 > L.


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S. N. Shukla, P. . Gaur, M. L. Raidas, and S. . Bagri, “Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, DFT, oxygen binding and antioxidant activity of Fe(III), Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes with a tetradentate ONNO donor Schiff base ligand: Scientific paper”, J. Serb. Chem. Soc., vol. 86, no. 10, pp. 941–954, Sep. 2021.
Inorganic Chemistry
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Pratiksha Gaur, Coordination Chemistry Research Lab, Department of Chemistry, Govt. Science College, Jabalpur (M.P.) India




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