Potentiometric and spectroscopic studies of transition metal complexes of bis(imidazolyl) and bis(pyridyl) derivatives of amino acids

Katalin Várnagy, Imre Sóvágó, Wolfgang Goll, Helga Süli-Vargha, Giovanni Micera, Daniele Sanna

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Copper(II) and zinc(II) complexes of H-Gly-BIMA (glycinamido-bis(imidazol-2-yl)methane) and copper(II), nickel(II), cobalt(II) and zinc(II) complexes of Prodipa (prolineamido-bis(pyridin-2-yl) methane) were studied by potentiometry, electron paramagnetic resonance and visible spectroscopy. The data revealed that both ligands are ambidentate. Imidazole and pyridine nitrogens of H-Gly-BIMA and Prodipa, respectively, are the exclusive binding sites in acidic media, but the metal binding ability of the bis(imidazolyl) residue is much higher than that of the bis(pyridyl) ligand. The coordination of the amino, amide and imidazole/pyridine nitrogens was concluded around physiological pH, which resulted in the formation of an imidazole bridged dimeric species in the case of H-Gly-BIMA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998



  • Amino acid derivative complexes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Transition metal complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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