A potentially tetradentate Schiff base ligand containing carboxylic acid group, HL, (E)-2-((pyridin-2-yl) methyleneamino)-5-chlorobenzoic acid is synthesized and characterized. Reaction of HL with hydrated zinc(II) trichloroacetate and zinc(II) trifluoroacetate under similar reaction condition yields two discrete dinuclear complexes, [Zn(L)(Cl)] 2 (1) and [Zn(L)(CF 3 COO)] 2 (2) and characterized by different physico- chemical methods. Single crystal X-ray structural characterization reveals different ligating properties of the coordinated anionic ligand (L ? ) in its zinc(II) complexes. The side arm carboxylate of L ? shows m 1,3 - carboxylato-bridging mode in 1 and connects zinc(II) atoms in syn-anti fashion while it exhibits a m 1,1 - carboxylato-bridging mode in 2. The metal ions display distorted square pyramidal geometries in both the structures and associated with different degrees of distortions. The fluorescence spectra of HL and its zinc(II) complexes recorded in methanol at room temperature which reveal the enhancement of emis- sion intensity for the complexes compared to that of the free ligand. Thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) reveal high thermal stabilities of the complexes.
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