Original Article
Int. J. Chem. Sci, Volume: 16( 1)

Coordination of Tellurium(IV) with Schiff Base Derived from o-Vanillin and 3-Aminopyridine

Garg S, Department of Chemistry, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana, India, Tel: 9896091443; E-mail: [email protected]

Received: November 03, 2017; Accepted: February 24, 2018; Published: February 27, 2018

Citation: Malik A, Goyat G, Vikas K, Verma KK and Garg S. Coordination of Tellurium(IV) with Schiff Base Derived from o-Vanillin and 3-Aminopyridine. Int J Chem Sci. 2018;16(1):249


Seven new organyltellurium(IV) complexes with monobasic ON bidentate Schiff base ligand have been synthesized. The Schiff base ligand (3-APY-{o-VanH}) was prepared by condensation of o-vanillin with 3-aminopyridine. The newly synthesized organyltellurium(IV) complexes and Schiff base have been characterized by elemental analyses, conductivity measurements, FT-IR and 1H NMR spectral studies. The structure of the complexes obtained was confirmed by FT-IR and proton NMR which exhibited pentacoordinated tellurium centre having Ψ-trigonal bipyramidal geometry. Schiff base as well as their organyltellurium(IV) complexes were also evaluated for their antimicrobial activities in vitro against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes), Gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli) and fungii Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus


o-Vanillin, Schiff base ligand, Organyltellurium(IV) complexes, Monobasic, Biological activities


Schiff base ligands are well-known to be good chelating agents as bidentate, tridentate or polydentate ligands, particularly when the group such as –OH/-SH are present close to azomethine group, resulting in the formation of five or six membered ring complexes [1-6]. Schiff bases are reported to have biological activities like antibacterial [7-15], antifungal [7,9-12,16], antitumor [10,17,18], antiviral [19-21], anti-HIV [22], herbicidal [23] and anti influenza A virus [24] activities.

Tellurium(IV) chloride is also known to form adducts with amides [25,26] and thiourea [27], thus reflecting its acceptor behaviour [1,2,28-33]. Also, organyltellurium(IV) chlorides are known [1,2,28-50] to behave as lewis acids and form complexes with several N?, O? and S? donor bases. In view of this, we have investigated the reactions of tellurium(IV) chloride and organyltellurium(IV) chlorides with o-vanillin-3-aminopyridine Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}), to synthesize some new complexes of tellurium(IV).

Materials and Methods

All chemicals used were of Analytical Reagent grade. All preparations were carried out under an atmosphere of dry N2 atmosphere. The solvents were purified by standard method [51,52] before use. The purity of compounds was checked by TLC using Silica gel-G (Merck). Melting points were determined in open capillary tube and are uncorrected.

4-Methoxyphenyltellurium(IV) trichloride [53,54], bis(p-methoxyphenyl)tellurium(IV) dichloride [54,55], 4-hydroxyphenyltellurium(IV) trichloride [56], bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)tellurium(IV) dichloride [56], 3-methyl-4-hydroxyphenyltellurium(IV) trichloride [57] and bis(3-methyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)tellurium(IV) dichloride [57] were prepared by the reactions of tellurium tetrachloride (Aldrich) with corresponding arenes i.e., anisole, phenol, o-cresol respectively, by the methods reported in the literature [53-57].

Preparation of o-vanillin-3-aminopyridine Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH})

The Schiff base was prepared by mixing equimolecular quantity of o-vanillin (0.08 mole, 12.17 g) and 3-aminopyridine (0.08 mole, 7.52 g) in 25 ml methanol in a round bottomed flask equipped with a condenser [58]. The reaction mixture was refluxed on wate rbath for 4 hours. After completion of reaction, the reaction mixture was cooled, filtered and dried in a desiccator over anhydrous CaCl2 and recrystallized from methanol, yellowish crystalline product was obtained.

Preparation of complexes

Tellurium tetrachloride, organyltellurium(IV) trichlorides and diorganyltellurium(IV) dichlorides, when reacted with Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) form solid complexes as described below:

[TeCl3(3-APY-{o-Van})], [RTeCl2(3-APY-{o-Van})] and [R2TeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})]

The solid complexes were prepared by addition of 5 mmol tellurium(IV) derivatives in about 25 mL anhydrous methanol to a hot solution of 5 mmol Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) in about 25 mL methanol with continuous stirring. The reaction mixture was refluxed on steam bath for 4 hours. The excess solvent was distilled off to obtain the desired products which were recrystallized from dry methanol. The coloured complexes crystallized out, which were filtered, washed with dry methanol and dried in a vacuum desiccator over P4O10.

Physical studies

Carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen analyses were obtained microanalytically from SAIF, Panjab University Chandigarh on a Thermo Finnigan CHNS analyser. Conductance studies were performed under dry condition in DMSO at 25 ± 2°C with a dip type conductivity cell on a microprocessor-based conductivity bridge type MICROSIL. Infrared spectra (4000-40 cm-1) were recorded in KBr and Polyethylene pellets for Mid-IR and Far-IR respectively, on a F.T. Infra-Red Spectrometer Model Nicolet IS50 (Thermo Scientific). Proton NMR Spectra were recorded in DMSO-d6 using tetramethylsilane as an internal reference on BRUKER AVANCE II 400 NMR spectrometer from CIL, Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hissar, Haryana, India.

Results and Discussion

TeCl4 when heated with anisole [53-55], phenol [56] and o-cresol [57,58] (R?H) appears to undergo the Friedel Craft type condensation reaction where by TeCl3+ unit attacks a position para to the methoxy/hydroxyl group in the aromatic ring, thus resulting in the formation of organyltellurium(IV) trichlorides and diorganyltellurium(IV) dichlorides.



Preparation of Schiff Base (3-APY-{o-VanH}), by the reaction of o-vanillin with 3-aminopyridine can be represented by following equation.


Schiff Base reacts with tellurium(IV) chloride, organyltellurium(IV) trichlorides and diorganyltellurium(IV) dichlorides in 1:1 molar ratio to yield the corresponding organyltellurium(IV) complexes.




All the tellurium (IV) complexes are colored, crystalline solids, stable at room temperature and non-hygroscopic in nature. They are insoluble in non-polar and less polar organic solvents, but are soluble in polar donor solvents like DMF, DMSO etc. The analytical data along with their physical properties are presented in Table 1.

Compoundno.          Complex
Empirical formula
(Formula Wt.)
yield, (%)
M. Pt.
Analyses % found (Calculated) ΛM at ca. 10-3M
S cm2mol-1
C H N Te Cl
Schiff Base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) C13H12N2O2
118-120 68.24
  -   -   -
I TeCl3(3-APY-{o-Van}) C13H11Cl3N2O2Te
204-206 33.71
II RTeCl2(3-APY-{o-Van})
138-140 44.92
III RTeCl2(3-APY-{o-Van})
153-155 43.77
IV RTeCl2(3-APY-{o-Van})
190-192 44.89
V R2TeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})
184-186 53.52
VI R2TeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})
192-194 51.87
VII R2TeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})
144-146 53.45

Table 1: Analytical data, molar conductance and physical properties for Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) complexes of tellurium(IV). Values of ΛM reported [59,60] for 1:1 electrolytes in DMSO=50-70 S cm2 mol-1.

Conductance studies

The molar conductance (ΛM) data for organyltellurium(IV) Schiff base complexes in DMSO are compiled in Table 1. The ΛM values at ca. 10-3 M of complexes lies in the range 12.01-44.36 S cm2 mol-1 which predict the non-electrolyte to 1:1 weak electrolyte type behavior [59,60] of these Schiff base complexes in DMSO, probably due to ionization into TeCl2(3-APY-{o- Van})+/RTeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})+/R2Te(3-APY-{o-Van})+ and Cl - in DMSO. The higher ΛM values for some complexes may be due to steric factors and donor behavior of DMSO to result in probable dissociation into solvated cation and 3-APY-{o- Van}- along with Cl- in DMSO. This conductance behavior of tellurium(IV) Schiff base complexes is different from those of transition metal complexes [61] which are reported to be non-electrolytes.

Infrared spectra

The IR spectral data of Schiff base and its complexes with organyltellurium(IV) chlorides are recorded in solid state and selected bands of diagnostic importance are collected in Table 2. The band at 1616 cm-1 of the ligand is assigned [25,58,62] to the stretching vibration of the azomethine group. When the spectra of complexes are compared with those of uncomplexed Schiff base ligand the υ(C=N) band is shifted to lower frequency [16,58,62-64] this indicates that imine nitrogen [65,66] is coordinated to the metal centre. The band around 3085 cm-1, in free ligand ascribed to the υ(OH) of phenolic group disappear on complexation with tellurium atom and shows that phenolic group of o-vanillin is involved in bonding after deprotonation. The two new bands appear in range 289-294 cm-1 and 408-419 cm-1 assigned to υ(Te-O) [63,64,67] and υ(Te-N) mode of vibration. Thus, IR data predict to monobasic bidentate nature of the Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) involving azomethine nitrogen atom and phenolic oxygen after deprotonation giving rise to six membered chelate ring with the penta coordinated tellurium centre.

(Phenolic) ν (OH) (Azomethine) ν(C=N) ν(Te=O) ν(Te=N)
3085 s 1616 s - -
I - 1606 s 289m 419m
II - 1609 s 290 s 419 s
III - 1609m 289m 418 s
IV - 1608sh 290 s 419m
V - 1606 s 294 s 408mb
VI - 1609 s 291m 419 m
VII - 1609 s 292 s 414s

Table 2: Important IR data (cm-1) of the Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and Complexes.

1H NMR spectra

The 1H NMR spectral data of ligand (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and complexes were recorded in DMSO-d6 and are given in Table 3. The proton peak of phenolic –OH group at 13.124 δ ppm had disappeared, which suggest that the hydroxyl group coordinates to the metal centre after deprotonation. The singlet at 8.660 δ ppm (s, 1H) attributed to the imine hydrogen in the ligand shift to downfield side in complexes clearly demonstrate [42,43,62] the coordination of azomethine nitrogen to tellurium. Independent assignments to the aryl protons of (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and RTe/R2Te are not possible due to overlapping of signals in this region.

δ ppm
δ ppm
(Ar rings protons)
δ ppm
δ ppm
-OH of RTe/R2Te
δ ppm
13.124 (s, 1H) 8.660 (s, 1H) 6.899-8.582 (cm, 7H) 3.954 (s,3H*) -
I - 10.140 (s, 1H) 6.841-7.944 (cm, 7H) 3.749 (s,3H*) -
II - 10.140 (s, 1H) 6.832-8.230 (cm, 11H) 3.414 (s,6H*) -
III - 10.138 (s, 1H) 6.838-8.229 (cm, 11H) 3.424 (s,3H*) 9.089 (s,1H)
IV - 10.273 (s, 1H) 6.851-8.093 (cm, 10H) 2.513 (s,3H)/3.848 (s,3H*) 9.102 (s,1H)
V - 10.147 (s, 1H) 6.811-7.929 (cm, 15H) 3.402 (s,9H*) -
VII - 10.145 (s, 1H) 6.850-8.095 (cm, 13H) 2.510 (s,6H)/3.437 (s,3H*) 9.098 (s,2H)

Table 3: 1H NMR spectral data of Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and complexes in DMSO-d6. s=singlet, cm=complex multiplet. Spectra of compound number VI not well resolved due to poor solubility.


The Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and newly synthesized organyltellurium(IV) Schiff base complexes were screened in vitro antimicrobial potential against Gram +ve bacteria (S. aureus MTCC 96 and S. pyogenes MTCC 442), Gram -ve bacteria (P. aeruginosa MTCC 1688 and E. coli MTCC 443) strain; fungal strains C. albicans MTCC 227, A. niger MTCC 282 and A. clavatus MTCC 1323 by “Broth Dilution Method”. The results were recorded in terms of MIC values are present in Table 4. Comparative study of MIC value for Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and their tellurium(IV) complexes indicates that some complexes exhibit higher antibacterial activity than Schiff base itself. It has been observed that the complex no. VI [R2TeCl(3-APY-{o-Van})]: where R=4-hydroxyphenyl,) shows stronger antifungal activity than Schiff base itself against A. niger and A. Clavatus.

Compound number Bacterial strain Fungal strain
S. pyogenes
MTCC 442
P. aeruginosa
MTCC 1688
MTCC 443
C. albicans
MTCC 227
MTCC 282
A. clavatus
MTCC 1323
250 250 200 200 250 >1000 >1000
I 250 250 125 100 >1000 >1000 >1000
II 250 200 100 125 500 1000 1000
III 200 200 250 250 500 1000 1000
VI 500 500 250 250 1000 250 500
Standard drugs  
Ampicillin 250 100 100 100 - - -
Chloramphenicol 50 50 50 50 - - -
Nystatin - - - - 100 100 100
Greseofulvin - - - - 500 100 100

Table 4: Minimum inhibitory concentration MIC (μg/mL) of Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and complexes.

On the basis of these studies, the proposed structures for the complexes are as below (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Proposed structures of Schiff base (3-APY-{o-VanH}) and tellurium(IV) complexes.


The authors are grateful to M. D. University, Rohtak for providing the necessary facilities. One of the authors (AM) is also thankful to HSCST, Haryana for providing a fellowship. We also thank Microcare Laboratory, Surat, for providing antimicrobial activities.