Synthesis, Spectral study of Ni (II) and CU (II) metal ions with Heterocyclic Ligands

Sachin R Joshi*, Seema I Habib
Department of Chemistry, Shankarrao Chavan Mahavidyalaya, Ardhapur, Nanded. Department of Chemistry, N.S.B College, Nanded (M.S.), India
Corresponding Author: Sachin R Joshi, [email protected]
Date of Submission: 24-05-2014
Date of Acceptance: 26-06-2014
Conflict of Interest: NIL
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Four Complexes of Cu (II) and Ni (II) Schiff bases have been prepared. The Schiff bases are derived by the reaction of Salisylaldoxime primary ligand with heterocyclic compounds such as 2-aminopyridine (S-L2), 2-2- bipyridine (S-L4) to form the secondary ligand, which than react with the metal halides to form corresponding complexes. The elemental analysis data shows that the metal to ligand ratio in all Ni(II) and Cu(II) simple complexes are 1:2 while for mixed ligand complexes having ratio 1:2:2 for S-L2 while it is 1:2:1 for S-L4. The structural features have been determined from IR, UV-Vis, and ESR data. All the complexes exhibit a distorted octahedral geometry to mononuclear Ni(II), Cu(II) complexes of mixed ligands, while square planner geometry to mononuclear Ni(II), Cu(II) complexes of oximes. All the synthesised ligands and their metal complexes were screened for antimicrobial activity


Cu (II), Ni (II) Salisylaldoxime, mixed heterocyclic ligands of 2- aminopyridine, 2-2-bipyridine, Metal Complexes, Spectral analysis, Antimicrobial study


Schiff bases are condensation products of amines with active carbonyl compounds. The Schiff bases are also called as imines[1], anils and azomethines. They contain azomethine (>C=N) group and hence can act as effective ligand. The Schiff bases and their metal complexes play an important role in modern coordination chemistry. These compounds are regarded as model system of biochemical interest[2]. Various studies have shown that, the azomethine group (>C=N-) in Schiff base metal complexes has considerable biological significance[3] and found to be responsible for biological activity such as fungicidal and insecticidal[4]. Schiff bases of nitro guanidine with various aldehyde and ketones were studied for their antineoplastic and tuberculostatic activities[5]. Many other metal chelates were studied for antitumour and antineoplastic activities[6]. 2-Pyridine carbaldehyde (2-pyca) and its hydrazones are used to collect semen antipode for cyanide poisoning[7]. The complexes of Schiff bases derived from bezaldehyde and p-amino phenyl thiazol have significant role in anticancer activity[8]. The Schiff base transition metal complexes are used as inorganic polymers in polymer industry[9].
Because of their excellent chelating properties, and diverse structural features, the mixed ligand complexes of following types contributed to a greater extent for the development of coordination chemistry.

Material and Method

All the chemicals used for experimental work were of AR-grade. The purity of chemicals was checked by routine test like melting point, boiling point, thin layer chromatography etc. The purification of liquid chemicals and solvents were done by distillation as suggested in literature[10].
Synthesis of primary ligand-Salisylaldoxime
Salisyaldoxime were prepared by the standard method[11], in which 20 gm (0.164 mol) of salisyladldehyde in 30 ml alcohol (Rectified sprit) and 15 gm (0.216 mol) of hydroxyl amine hydrochloride in 10 ml water were mixed with each other. Then 10 % solutions of sodium carbonate were added to it so that mixture became alkaline. It was kept for overnight. Then it was acidified with acetic acid and then distilled off the alcohol under reduced pressure later on it was diluted with twice the volume of water and extracted with 50 ml portion of ether. The etheral extract were dried with sodium sulphate and allowed the residue to crystallize. Then it was recrystillised from chloroform or light peterolium ether (B.P. 400C -600C) . The purity of the product was checked by T.L.C. and by taking M.P. of product . The melting point of Salisyaldoxime is 570C
Preparation of simple complexes of Ni (II) and Cu (II) Salisylaldoxime
Mixing of metal chloride [Ni(II), Cu(II)] (0.025M) with salisyaldoxime (0.05 mole). In 1:2 proportion in ethyl alcohol which gets precipitate by maintaining the pH with addition of alcoholic ammonia or sodium acetate solution. The corresponding coloured precipitate formed was filtered and washed with hot water and cold methanol. Finally all these metal oxime complexes were dried at 1100C.

Preparation of mixed ligand complexes of Ni(II) and Cu(II) Salisylaldoxime with S-L2 and S-L4

It involves discussion with respect to synthesis of mixed ligand complexes from primary ligand complexes and secondary ligands. Such as
1. 2-aminopyridine ( S-L2)
2. 2-2-bipyridine (S-L4)
Ni(II) Salisylaldoxime and Cu(II) Salisylaldoxime complex solution (0.01 mol) in ethanol and solution of S-L2 and S-L4 were dissolved in 25 ml ethanol or 25 ml CH2Cl2 were mixed separately in 250 ml round bottom flask. The reaction mixture was refluxed on a water bath for 2-4 hrs on cooling the coloured precipitate separate that was filtered, washed with cold hexane solvent and dried under vacuum over night[12].

Result and Discussion

Magnetic Moment
The Ni (II) complexes of salisylaloximes i.e. simple complexes are diamagnetic in nature which indicates the square planner structure. The magnetic moment values are in the range of 2.74 to 3.25 B.M. of mixed ligand complexes indicates octahedral geometry[13].
The observed magnetic moment values of the Cu (II) complexes in the present investigation were found to be in the range 1.79–1.83 B.M. for simple complexes while 1.80 to 2.70 B.M. for mixed ligand complexes at room temperature corresponding to one unpaired electron. The magnetic moment values of Cu(II) complexes are slightly higher than spin only value (1.73 B.M.) for one unpaired electron can be attributed to spin– orbit coupling indicative of distorted or pseudooctahedral geometry[14].
Similarly the electronic absorption bands are found in the range of 9880-10820 cm-1(D1) 16120-17840 cm-1(D2) and 25640-29235 cm-1(D3) from lower energy to higher energy, which indicate the octahedral geometry of complexes

Elemental Analysis

The newly synthesized Ni (II) complexes are green and bluish in colour. They are stable to air and moisture. The complexes decompose at a high temperature. The elemental analysis shows that the metal to ligand ratio in all Ni(II) and Cu(II) simple complexes are 1:2 while for mixed ligand complexes having ratio 1:2:2 for S-L2 while it is 1:2:1 for S-L4.
The ligand field parameter values i.e. LFSE observed in the range 25.447 to 26.938 Kcal/mole for mixed ligand complexes and 43.912 to 45.309 kcal/mole. LFSE values shows a distorted octahedral geometry to mononuclear Ni (II) complexes of mixed ligands, while square planner geometry to mononuclear Ni (II) complexes of oximes. Whereas Most of the Cu (II) complexes are blue or green in colour because of single broad absorption band in the region 10000-16000 cm-1 and a distorted octahedral geometry to mononuclear Cu (II) complexes of mixed ligands, while square planner geometry to mononuclear Cu (II) complexes of oximes is found. The ligand field parameter values i.e. LFSE observed in the range 38.671 to 48.800 Kcal/mole are in good agreement with octahedral Cu (II) complexes.
IR Spectroscopy
The azomethine C=N stretching is found at 1630 cm-1 in primary ligand i.e. salicylaloxime. It is shifted to lower frequencies in complexes of primary ligand and observed at 1617 cm-1 for Ni (II) SAO which is again shifted up to 30 cm-1 and at 1610 cm-1 for Cu(II) complexes. which is again shifted up to 60 cm-1 lower frequency in case of the mixed ligand complexes i.e. adducts of Ni(II) complexes and a band appear at 1587-1597 cm- 1 and that of Cu(II) a band appear at1550-1565 cm-1 .
A strong band at 1250 cm-1 is appear it is due to phenolic C-O stretching in the ligand salisylaldoxime which is appreciably shifted to the lower frequency side and appear at 1218 cm-1 for simple complexes and 1206 to 1210 cm-1 in mixed complexes of Ni (II) 15 and at1209 to 1212 cm-1 for Cu(II) complexes.
A very broad band in the IR spectra of free ligand observed in the 3400 -3200 cm-1 region it assigned to phenolic -OH. This band is absent in the spectra of the Ni (II) SAO, cu(II) SAO complexes and Ni(II)(SAO), Cu(II)(SAO) + heterocyclic ligand complexes suggesting the coordination of phenolic oxygen atom to Ni and Cu. A broad and nearly flat band present in the region 3200- 2900 cm-1 is assigned to OH group of the >C=NOH chromophore involved in strong H-bonding. This band in not affected in the IR spectra of Ni (II) complexes indicating no Involvement of oxime - OH in chelation[15].
The ligand band at 1403 is due to the O-H deformation mode of the oximino hydroxyl group identified at 1640-1645 cm-1 for Cu adducts ( mixed ligand complexes) indicating that the oximino hydroxyl group remains intact[16], in the complex of Cu(II) with all heterocylic ligands used in present work. However the O-H deformation band of the phenolic oxygen appears at the 1315 cm-1 in the ligands disappears in the complexes showing co-ordination through phenolic oxygen.
In simple complexes of Ni(II) and Cu(II) with salox a band appear at 475 cm-1 and 466 due to metal-nitrogen starching and at 596 cm-1 , 526 cm-1 due to metal-oxygen streching .
The metal oxygen bond shifted to higher value in case of mixed ligand complex of Ni(II) with Salox and appears in the range 562 to 566 cm-1 and in Cu(II) it is at 534-539 cm-1.A metal nitrogen weak band appears for all mixed ligand complexes in the range 482-488 cm-1 and at 473-478 cm-1 this is due to formation of a bond between nitrogen atom of primary ligand and central metal Ni(II) ion and cu(II) ion. In case of mixed ligand complex of Ni(II), Cu(II) salox with 8- hydroxyquinoline one more band is observed at 608 cm-1and at 484 cm-1. This clearly indicates that the phenolic oxygen bonded to Ni(II) and Cu(II)
In case of mixed ligand complexes 2- aminopyridine the band appears at 3493 cm-1. This is due to free N-H- streach proves that the – NH2 group do not participate in complex formation.

ESR Spectroscopy

The ESR spectrum of Cu (II) complexes of salisylaldoxime as well as their mixed ligand complexes was recorded at room temperature using tetracyanomethylene radical as ‘g’ marker. The Hll and H ? values were measured from the spectrum and used to calculate the g ll and g ? values. ESR spectrum of Cu (II) complexes exhibit typical monomeric spectra with four (Cu63, I=3/2) hyperfine lines, impressed on g ll and g ? signals
In case of these Cu (II) complexes order of g values is g ll > g ? is an indication presence of an unpaired electron in the dx2-y2 orbital of the copper ion. The appreciable difference between g ll and g ? is indicative of a pronounced John Teller distortion of the tetrahedral geometry[17].The gav value leads further support to appreciable distortion from octahedral stereochemistry[17].

X-ray Diffraction study of Ni (II) Complexes-

The complexes of [Ni(II) (PL1+(SL4)] were used to study. The indexing in the powder diffraction was done independently by trial and error method. The standard deviation observed is within the permissible limit. The observed density for [Ni(II)(PL1+(SL4)] is 1.342 gcm-3 while calculated density from Z value and unit cell volume for complexes is 1.3041 gcm-3 . The porosity percentage calculated from the observed and calculated densities was found to be 5.725. The crystal system was found to be monoclinic with four molecules per unit cell having probable space group p2/m.
Conclusively, the X-ray powder diffractogram suggest that Ni (II) complexes under investigation crystallize with monoclinic crystal system with probable space group P2/m.

X-ray Diffraction Study of Cu (II) Complexes-

The Cu (II) complexes of ligand PL1 +SL2 was subjected to X-ray powder diffraction studies. Xray powder data of all the main peaks have been indexed independently by trial and error method. The standard deviation observed for Cu (II) complexes is within permissible limit of 2%. The pronounced John Teller distortion of the tetrahedral geometry[17].The gav value leads further support to appreciable distortion from octahedral stereochemistry[17]. crystal volume is obtained from indexing of the diffraction pattern. The Z value was calculated and rounded up to the nearest whole number. The porosity percentage was calculated from the observed and calculated densities. The density calculated from diffraction data and the observed density was found to be very close to each other indicating perfection in indexing. The observed density Cu (II) (PL1)2 + (SL2)2 is 1.875 gcm-3 and calculated density is, 1.863 gcm-3 respectively. The porosity percentage is 1.496 % respectively and complex crystallises in the monoclinic crystal system with 2 molecules per unit cell. The probable space group is P2/m.
Conclusively the X-ray powder diffractrograms suggest that the Cu (II) complexes under investigation crystallize with monoclinic crystal system and space group P2/m.

Antimirobial activity

The in vitro antimicrobial activity was carried out by Ditch-plate method[18-19].

a) Antibacterial activity by Ditch-Plate method

Nutrient agar of 20ml. was placed in a flat bottomed Petri dish. When solidified, 4 ml of second nutrient sol., Seed with test bacteria was poured evenly onto the first layer (at 480c). As soon as the second layer was solidified, in six sterile stainless steel cylinders were added an equal amount of a standard penicillin solution of concentrations 2.0,1.5,1.0,0.5 and 0.25 mg/ml. Sample of the test solutions were deposited analogously on the other Petri dishes. The dishes were incubated at 370c for 16-18 hours. During this time the penicillin diffuses out of the cylinder into the surrounding agar and suppresses the growth of the test organism. Thus the cylinder was surrounded by clear zone, free of bacteria. The diameter of each zone provides an index of activity of the penicillin preparation. The mean values obtained from 10-20 standard plates are used to draw a curve and the biological activity of the test solution in international unit is determined using conversion table

b) Antifungal activity by paper Disc Diffusion method

Whatman No. 1 filter paper disc of 5mm diameter were sterilized by autoclaving for 15 min. at 1210C. The sterile disks were impregnated with different compounds. Agar plates were surface inoculated uniformly from the both culture of the tested microorganisms. The impregnated disks were placed on the medium suitably spaced apart and plates were incubated at 280C for 72 hours. The inhibition zones caused by various compounds on the microorganisms were examined.


All these complexes are insoluble in water but moderately soluble in DMSO, DMF, dioxane and chloroform. From the above discussion and on the basis of results of elemental analysis, Magnetic susceptibility , electronic spectral data , IR, X-ray diffraction and ESR study, it may be concluded that, the simple complexes of all metal ions have square planer structure while mixed ligand complexes of all metal ions have octahedral structure.


The authors are thankful to the principal NSB College Nanded for providing laboratory facilities. The authors are also thankful to the Head IICT Hyderabad, for providing spectral data.

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