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Reactivity of base catalysed hydrolysis of 2-pyridinylmethylene-8-quinolinyl-Schiff base iron(II) iodide complexes: solvent effects

Ahmad Desoky Mohamad and Mohamed Shaker S. Adam

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag, 82534, Egypt



Abstract: Three ligands of 2-pyridinylmethylene-8-quinolinyl (L1), methyl-2-pyridinylmethylene-8-quinolinyl (L2), and phenyl-2-pyridinylmethylene-8-quinolinyl (L3), Schiff bases were synthesised by direct condensation of 8-aminoquinoline with 2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde, 2-acetylpyridine, or 2-benzoylpyridine. They coordinated to Fe(II) ion in a 1: 2 mole ratio followed by treatment with iodide ions affording complexes with a general formula [Fe(L)2]I2·2H2O, (L = L1, L2, or L3). Spectrophotometric evaluation of the kinetics of base catalysed hydrolysis of these complex cations was carried out with an aqueous solution of NaOH in different ratios of water/methanol binary mixtures. Kinetics of the hydrolysis followed the rate law (k 2[OH] + k 3[OH]2)[complex]. Reactivity trends and their rate constants were compared and discussed in terms of ligand structure and solvation parameters. The methanol ratio affects the hydrolysis as a co-solvent which was analysed into initial and transition state components. The increase in the rate constant of the base hydrolysis of Fe(II) complexes, as the ratio of methanol increases, is predominantly caused by the strong effect of the organic co-solvent on the transition states.

Keywords: kj]iron(II) – 2-pyridinylmethylene-8-quinolyl-Schiff base – base hydrolysis – kinetics – solvent effect

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DOI: 10.2478/s11696-012-0291-7


Chemical Papers 67 (4) 464–476 (2013)

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