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Synthesis, structural and photo-physical studies of transition metal complexes with Mannich bases derived from 2-mercaptobenzimidazole

A. Farooq
M. Imran
Z. Iqbal
T. H. Bokhari
S. Latif
A. Farooq
M. Liaqat
L. Mitu


Two Mannich base ligands, [1-(di-n-butylamine-N-methyl)mercapto-1H-benz-imidazole] (L1) and [1-(diphenylamine-N-methyl)mercapto-1H-benzimidazole] (L2)have been synthesized and further reacted with Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ionsto afford their respective complexes. The progress of the reaction was monitored by thin layer chromatography. The structural elucidation of Mannich base ligands and their metal complexes was done by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Visible, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR & 13C NMR) and Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) / Inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICPES). FTIR and NMR studies supported the monoanionic bidentate coordination mode of L1 and L2 while tetrahedral geometries of metal complexes were proposed on the basis of AAS/ICP, magnetic moment and electronic spectroscopic data. The synthesized compounds were also investigated for their luminescent behavior which exhibited broad emission bands indicating charge transfer nature of the involved transitions.


KEY WORDS: Metal complexes, Mannich bases, 2-Mercaptobenzimidazole, Luminescence


Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2018, 32(3), 481-490.