Synthesis, Molecular Spectroscopy, Computational, Thermal Analysis and Biological Activity of Some Orotic Acid Complexes


Binary orotic acid metal complexes of Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II), Hg(II), and two mixed metals complexes of (Co(II), Ni(II)) and (Ni(II), Cu(II)) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, electronic spectra, magnetic susceptibility, and ESR spectra. The Analysis proved that the ligand has different coordination modes and the complexes were of octahedral, tetrahedral, and trigonal bipyramidal geometries. Molecular modeling techniques and quantum chemical methods have been performed for orotic acid to calculate charges, bond lengths, bond angles, dihedral angles, electronegativity (χ), chemical potential (μ), global hardness (η), softness (σ) and the electrophilicity index (ω). The thermal decomposition of the complexes was monitored by TGA, DTA, and DSC techniques under the N2 atmosphere. The thermal decomposition mechanisms of the complexes were suggested. The biological activity of orotic acid and some of the complexes are tested against antibacterial and antifungal organisms.

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Masoud, M. , Ali, A. , Elfatah, A. and Amer, G. (2021) Synthesis, Molecular Spectroscopy, Computational, Thermal Analysis and Biological Activity of Some Orotic Acid Complexes. Open Journal of Inorganic Non-metallic Materials, 11, 1-22. doi: 10.4236/ojinm.2021.111001.

1. Introduction

Vitamin B13 is an orotic acid monohydrate, Figure 1 (2,6-Dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-4-pyrimidine carboxylic acid or uracil-6-carboxylic acid) [1] - [6]. It is extracted from cow’s milk [7] [8]. It is found in root vegetables,

Figure 1. Chemical structure of Orotic acid (Vitamin B13).

whey and beef [1]. It is synthesized from aspartic acid and takes part in the biosynthesis of pyrimidine nucleotides [8] [9]. It acts as a mono- and bidentate complex ligands in aqueous solutions at pH equal 10 [10] [11]. Different sites in coordination depend on the solvent, pH, and metal ion [12]. It is able to coordinate a metal atom through the two N atoms of the pyrimidine ring, two carbonyl oxygen atoms, and a carboxylate group [13] [14]. It is manufactured by the body by intestinal flora [15] and it is important for the metabolization of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 [16] [17]. It helps the absorption of essential nutrients especially calcium and magnesium and helps the production of genetic material [17]. Both vitamin B13 and magnesium orotate have some effects on the prophylaxis and treatment of heart diseases. Complexes of orotic acid and diaminocyclohexane ligands (DACH) with platinum (II) and palladium (II) ions investigated as potential anticancer agents [18] [19] [20].

2. Experimental

Seven metal-orotic acid complexes were prepared. The inorganic salts [Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II) as chloride or sulfates] dissolved in 10 mL distilled water and the ligand dissolved as ammonium salt. The molar amount of the metal chloride or sulfate salts were mixed with the calculated amount of the ligand using different mole ratios (M:L) 1:1 and 1:2. In each case, the reaction mixture refluxed for about 15 min, and then left overnight, where the precipitated complexes separated by filtration, then washed several times with a mixture of EtOH-H2O and dried in a vacuum desiccator over anhydrous CaCl2. Two mixed metals complexes of orotic acid were prepared from the combination of [Co, Ni and Cu] by dissolving 1 mmol of the first metal chloride and 1 mmol of the second metal chloride in 10 ml of distilled water. The resulting mixed solution was added to the ligand (1 mmol in 10 ml distilled water). The reaction mixture was refluxed for about 15 min where complexes were precipitated and were filtered, then washed several times with a mixture of EtOH-H2O and dried in a vacuum desiccator over anhydrous CaCl2. The analytical results of the isolated mixed metals complexes depicted the formation of complexes with different stoichiometry 2:1:2 (M1, M2, L) respectively, the analytical results in Table 1.

3. Measurements

The metal contents were determined by two methods: 1) atomic absorption technique using model 2380 Perkin Elmer absorption spectrophotometer and 2) complexometric titration procedures by standard EDTA solution using the appropriate indicator as reported [21]. C, H, N contents of the synthesized complexes were analyzed by an elemental analyzer. The chloride contents were determined by applying the familiar Volhardmethod [22]. The sulphate content was determined gravimetrically as BaSO4 [23], The nujol mull electronic spectra of the solid complexes were measured, used Perkin-Elmer spectrophotometer model lambda 4B covering the wavelength range 190 - 900 nm [24]. There were

Table 1. Elemental analysis, formula, stoichiometry and color of orotic acid (H3L) complexes.

taken in potassium bromide disc using Perkin Elmer spectrophotometer, Model 1430 covering a frequency range of 200 - 4000 cm1. Calibration of frequency reading made with polystyrene film (1602 ± 1 cm−1). DTA, TGA and DSC of orotic acid and its complexes were carried out using a Shimadzu DTA/TGA-50. The rate of heating was 10˚C/min. The cell used was platinum and the atmospheric nitrogen rate flow was 20 ml/min. There was recorded with a reflection spectrometer operating at (9.1 - 9.8) GHZ in a cylindrical resonance cavity with 100 KHZ modulation. The magnetic field was controlled with a (LMR Gauss meter). The g values were determined by comparison with 2,2-diphenyl pyridylhydrazone (DPPH) [25]. Molar magnetic susceptibilities, corrected for diamagnetism using Pascal’s constants determined at room temperature (298˚K) applying Faraday’s method. The instrument [26] was calibrated with Hg [Co (SCN)4]. Molecular modeling calculations of the ligand and Hg-complex as an example performed with ChemBio Office 3D Ultra 11.0. The optimized conformations (lowest energy) of the individual molecules were determined using dynamic simulations followed by energy minimization [27] to give extra spotlights on the bonding properties of these compounds. Apply hyperchem computer program using PM3 semi-empirical and molecular mechanics force field (MM+) methods to calculate theoretically the quantum chemical parameters [28]. The antimicrobial activities of the free ligand and its complexes were examined by using Agar well diffusion method. The bacterial indicators were: Staphylococcus aureas ( ATCC 6538P), Bacillus subtilis ( ATCC 19659); (Gram positive), Escherichia Coli ( ATCC 8739) strain [29] and Pesudomonas aeruginosa ( ATCC 9027); (Gram negative) and one fungal species Candida albicans ( ATCC 2091).

4. Results and Discussion

4.1. IR Spectroscopy

The IR of orotic acid and its metal complexes, Table 2, assigned the ligand gave characteristic bands at 3517 cm1 due to the νO-H of water molecule, 2835 cm1 of νO-H of acid, 3015, 2990 cm1 due to νNH of the pyrimidine ring and 1705, 1665 cm1 due to νC=O of the keto and the carboxyl groups, respectively. The broad bands at 3408 - 3530 cm1 may be assigned to νO-H in all prepared simple and mixed complexes of orotic acid of the coordinated and lattice water molecules. In the case of Cu and Hg complexes, water molecules were found in the coordination sphere while in the case of Co and Ni complexes, the water molecules were lattice water. In other complexes, the water molecules were in both the coordination sphere and lattice water. The νC=O band of the keto and the carboxyl groups appeared at 1705 and 1665 cm1, respectively, of orotic acid. In simple complexes these bands are shifted to 1688 - 1716 cm1 for keto group and 1618 - 1672 cm1 for carbonyl group. The appearance of two bands of νNH of the pyrimidine ring at 2822 - 3125 cm1 confirmed that orotic acid acts as a bidentate in keto form, except, Cu and Ni complexes showed one band of νNH of the pyrimidine ring confirmed that orotic acid acts as a bidentate in the enol form. The νC-H

Table 2. Fundamental infrared bands (cm−1) of orotic acid (H3L) and its metal complexes.

band in all complexes appears at 3028 - 3300 cm1. The band appeared at 2809 cm1 in the cobalt complex and at 2850 cm1 in mercury complex at assigned the νO-H of the carboxylic group. The band that appears at 1473 - 1491 cm1 due to the carboxylate asymmetrical in all complexes except Fe, Cu and Hg complexes, where this band disappeared. The presence of υM-N in the range of 549 - 566 cm1 for the all metal complexes except Hg-complex provided evidence that orotic acid is bonded to the metal ion through nitrogen. The bonding of oxygen is assigned by the presence of bands at 444 - 567 cm1 due to νM-O. The Ni and Cu complexes possess sulphate attached to the metal ions supported by the presence of νS-O at 627 and 612 cm1, respectively.

4.2. Electronic Absorption Spectra and Magnetic Susceptibility Studies

The pale brown iron-complex gave bands at 270, 308, 500 nm, where the first two’s are due to CT (π→π*) [30] and the latter is due to 6A1g4T1g(S) or 6A1g(S)→4Eg(G) + 4A1g(G) multiplicity forbidden transitions [31] [32]. Its room temperature magnetic moment value of 6.20 BM typified the existence of octahedral configuration. The data assigned a type of Fe-Fe interaction.

The cobalt (II) complex exhibits bands at 450 and 535 nm which may be assigned to 4T1g4A2g(F) (ν1-transition) and 4T1g(F)→4T1g(P) (ν2-transition) indicating octahedral structure with magnetic moment 3.4 BM [33] [34]. The nickel complex gives a band at 650 nm which may be assigned to 3T1(F)→3T1(P) indicating tetrahedral geometry with a total magnetic moment 5.6 BM [35].

The copper complex, exhibits two bands at 280 and 760 nm. The first δ-band is overlapped with that of orotic acid [30]. The band at 760 nm suggests trigonal bipyramidal (TBP) [36] µeff = 2.58 BM. The data assigned a type of weak Cu-Cu interaction. The proposed structure depends on bidentate nature of two molecules of orotic acid through carboxylic acid and imino group with the presence of one sulphate ion and two water molecules in the outer sphere. Zn, Cd and Hg complexes are diamagnetic with octahedral environment. The proposed structures of Zn and Cd complexes depend on the bidentate nature of two molecules of orotic acid through carboxylic acid and imino group with the two water molecules in the inner sphere and four, one water molecules in outer sphere for Zn and Cd complexes of orotic acid, respectively. Hg-complex depends on the monodentate nature of two molecules of orotic acid through carboxylic acid with the presence of two chloride ions and two water molecules in the inner sphere.

The pale pink Co-Ni complex, showed bands at λmax = 650 and 320 nm with total room temperature magnetic moment value 9.80 BM, to assume 7.0 and 2.8 BM for Co and Ni, respectively, which may be assigned to the transition 4A24T1 (P) indicating tetrahedral structure for cobalt [33] [37] and 3A2g3T1g (P) indicating octahedral structure for nickel [33]. The pale blue Ni-Cu complex, showed bands at λmax = 630 and 720 nm with room temperature magnetic moment value 7.33 BM for the complex, where the two nickel are with 5.6 BM and one copper with 1.73 BM. The spectral properties are assigned to the transition 3T1(F)→3T1(P) and 2Eg2T2g(D) respectively, indicating tetrahedral structure for nickel and octahedral structure for copper [32]. All the data are given in Table 3, while the structures of the complexes are collected in Figure 2.

Table 3. Nujol mull electronic absorption spectra λmax (nm), room temperature effective magnetic moment values (µeff 298˚K) and geometries of orotic acid metal complexes.

Figure 2. The structures of the prepared complexes.

4.3. Electron Spin Resonance of Copper Complexes

The ESR spectra of the simple copper complex (1:1) and mixed Ni-Cu complex (2:1) were recorded. The spectra indicate g// and g^ components, axial compressed and axial elongated for both simple and mixed complexes, respectively. The obtained g values were due to the influence of the exchange interaction, which makes the hyperfine lines smaller [38]. These g parameters were calculated, g// = (2.0017, 2.3026) and g^ = (2.2387, 2.0617), respectively. The values are calculated from the relation [39] = (g // + 2 g ^)/3 and equal 2.1597 and 2.1420, respectively, Table 4. For [Cu 2(H 2L) 2(SO 4)(H 2O) 2] complex, the G = 0.007 reflecting Cu-Cu interaction in solid state ,while in the case of [Ni 2Cu(HL) 2(OH) 2(H 2O) 4]·H 2O complex the value is >4 reflecting that there no Cu-Cu interaction [24] [39]. This agrees with the assumed structure where nickel surrounded the copper preventing Cu-Cu interaction.

4.4. Molecular Modeling

The molecular modeling calculations of orotic acid and Hg-complex were calculated, Figure 3 and Figure 4, concerning the charge, bond lengths, bond angles and dihedral angles. These calculations are based on neglecting the possibility of hydrogen bonding. Orotic acid is coordinated to different metal ions through an oxygen atom of carboxylate group O(11) hydrogen atom of imino group H(13) and lone pair of nitrogen side N(3). Oxygen atom of this group is caring more electronegative charge confirming active sites for coordination. The bond lengths of two N-H are nearly the same and lie within values 1.007 and 1.008 (Å) for N(6)-H(12) and N(3)-H(13), respectively. The bond lengths of C(9)-H(15) is 1.101 (Å) and O(11)-H(14) is 0.971 (Å). All C-C bond lengths lie in the range 1.353 - 1.490 (Å) for C(2)-C(9), C(1)-C(2) and C(7)-C(9). These values reduce the C-N bond lengths in between the range 1.345 - 1.370 (Å) for C(2)-N(3), N(3)-C(4), C(4)-N(6) and N(6)-C(7). However, for all C-O bond lengths lie within the range 1.205 - 1.348 (Å) for C(4)-O(5), C(7)-O(8), C(1)-O(10), and C(1)-O(11) (i.e. all C-C > C-N > C-O). This is due to electronegativity, where as it increased the bond length decreased. The angles between atoms in orotic acid are around 120˚ due to sp2 hybridization of the atoms. The bond angle around 109.5˚ is due to sp3 hybridization of the atoms for N (3)-C(4)-N(6). The deviation with of angles is due to distorted electronic effects for C(1)-C(2)-N(3), C(2)-N(3)-C(4), C(2)-N(3)-H(13), N(3)-C(4)-N(6), C(4)-N(6)-C(7), C(4)-N(6)-H(12), C(7)-N(6)-H(12), N(6)-C(7)-C(9), O(8)-C(7)-C(9). It seems that, some of dihedral angles lie in −179.5˚, referred to the distortion in linearity of sp3 hybridization. The dihedral angles proved the

Table 4. Room temperature ESR spectral parameters for copper complexes.

Figure 3. Molecular modeling of orotic acid.

Figure 4. Molecular modeling of mercury complex.

near planarity, where the angles are of nearly 180˚C and 0˚C. The difference is due to the syn and anti-positions of the investigated atoms, the anti gave 180˚C and the syn gave 0˚C. It’s observed that, the negative charge is located at O(11), while positive charges at N(1), so, the deprotonation occurred from O(11) from OH of carboxylate group, where most of bond angles are around 120˚ of the configurations with sp2-hybridization, and the dihedral angles are with 179˚ ± 1˚, where the distribution of the atoms are in the same plane. For mercury complex [Hg (H3L)2Cl2(H2O)2], all N-H bond lengths between 0.998 - 1.002 (Å) for N(6)-H(36), N(12)-H(32), N(14)-H(33) and N(3)-H(35). The bond lengths of two C-H within values 1.107 and 1.100 (Å) for C(9)-H(39) and C(15)-H(38), respectively while the bond lengths for all O-H lie within the range 0.961 - 0.980 (Å) for O(25)-H(31), O(25)-H(29), O(24)-H(30), O(24)-H(28), O(21)-H(34) and O(11)-H(37) (i.e. all C-H > N-H > O-H) also all C-C > C-N > C-O. These are due to increased electronegativity, decrease leading to bond length. The charge density of Hg in its complex proved that there is a type of charge transfer to metal. The angles around 120˚ and 109.5˚ are due to sp2 and sp3 hybridization of the atoms. The deviations appeared in the region where the rings are fused together. Some dihedral angles lie in the range of (158.910˚) - (−179.684˚), referred to the distortion in linearity of sp3 hybridization. However, the dihedral angles in the range of (121.446˚) - (−145.416˚) are due to deviation from sp2 hybridization, while the dihedral angles from (43.157˚) - (−71.697˚) pointed to the strong deviation from perpendicular angle attributed to the distortion effect. More ever, the dihedral angles proved the near planarity, where the angles are of nearly 180˚C and 0˚C. The difference was due to the syn and anti-positions of the investigated atoms, the anti gave 180˚C and the syn gave 0˚C.

The absolute hardness (η) and softness (σ) are important properties to measure the molecular stability and reactivity. In a complex formation system, the ligand acts as a Lewis base while metal ion acts as a Lewis acid. Metal ion is soft acid and thus soft base ligand is most effective for complex formation [33]. A hard molecule has a large energy gap and a soft molecule has a small energy gap. Soft molecules are more reactive than hard ones because they could easily offer electrons to an acceptor. Orotic acid has the highest (σ) value, (9.615 eV obtained by PM3 semi-empirical method to be more soft molecule compared with Hg-complex, i.e. more reactive than hard one because it could easily offer electrons to an acceptor metal and possess high ability for complexation. Critical changes for the quantum chemical parameters for orotic acid on complexation with Hg(II), Table 5.

4.5. Thermal Analysis

The thermal data of orotic acid, Table 6, gave three peaks. Two of them are endothermic at 429.40 and 636.10 ˚K with activation energies of 11.31 and 168.53 kJ/mole and their orders are 1.27 and 0.80. The rest exothermic peak at 774.10 ˚K with the activation energy of 72.50 kJ/mole and the reaction order is 0.97.

The DTA data of [Fe2(H2L)2Cl2(OH)2(H2O)2]·2H2O complex give two peaks, Table 6, at 359.30 and 641.90 ˚K with activation energies 25.86 and 128.80 kJ/mole, respectively and the orders of reactions are 2.67 indicating 3rd order, and 1.45 of 1st order. The first peak is endothermic and the second one is exothermic in nature. The TGA data confirmed these results where it gave two peaks, the first one is due to dehydration of five lattice and coordinated water molecules and loss of CO while the second one is due to elimination of 4HCN, 2HCl and 5CO and formation of Fe2O3.

The DTA of Co-orotic acid complex, [Co (H2L)2(H3L)]·3H2O, give three peaks, Table 6 at 369.50, 555.40 and 745.80 ˚K. All peaks are endothermic except

Table 5. Quantum chemical parameters (eV) of the orotic acid and mercury complex calculated by PM3 method.

Table 6. DTA analysis of orotic acid (H3L) and its simple and mixed metal complexes.

the third one of exothermic nature. The TGA data gave three steps; the first one was due to the evolved outer sphere water molecules, while the last two steps were due to the decomposition steps and formation of CoO + 9C as a final product.

The DTA data of [Ni2(H2L)2(SO4)]·5H2O complex, Table 6, showed four peaks, at 379.40, 457.20, 653 and 787.90 ˚K with activation energies 31.30, 93.95, 27.73 and 402.96 kJ/mole, and the orders of reactions were 0.83, 1.50, 1.17 and 1.41, respectively. All peaks are of the first order type. The first and second peaks are of endothermic type while the third and the fourth peaks are of exothermic agitation types [40]. This can be proved by TGA data which gave well defined four peaks, the first is due to the evolving of lattice water molecules and loss of NH3. The last three peaks are due to the decomposition steps and formation of 2NiO + 7C.

The [Cu2(H2L)2(SO4)(H2O)2] complex, Table 6, showed two well defined peaks at 366.40 and 655.50 K with activation energies of 12.36 and 412.17 kJ/mole, their orders of reactions are 2.43 and 2.35 indicating second order, respectively. The first peak is endothermic and the second is exothermic. However, the TGA data gave two peaks, the first one is due to dehydration process of coordinated water molecules and elimination of CO while the last peak is due to the decomposition step ended with the formation of 2Cu.

However, the Zinc complex [Zn(H2L)2(H2O)2]·4H2O, Table 6, showed four peaks at 403.50, 535.30, 615.70 and 774.80 ˚K. The first and second are endothermic in nature while the last two peaks are of exothermic behavior. The calculated energies of activation are 28.84, 162.52, 28.51 and 153.50 kJ/mole accompanied with order of reactions 1.30, 1.21, 1.35 and 1.53, respectively. All orders are of the first type except the fourth is the second order. Also, the TGA data gave four peaks, the first and second peaks were due to a dehydration reaction of lattice and coordinated water molecules and loss of 3H2 while the last two strong exothermic peaks were due to the decomposition reactions ended with the formation of ZnO + 5C as a final product.

The DTA data of [Cd (H2L)2(H2O)2]·H2O complex, gave five peaks. Four of them are endothermic at 381.10, 533.10, 612 and 646.10 ˚K with activation energies of 16.90, 74.01, 337.30 and 373.06 kJ/mole. The last exothermic peak at 804.70 ˚K with activation energies is 164.07 kJ/mole. Also, the TGA data gave four peaks, the first endothermic is due to dehydration process of lattice and coordinated water molecules and the last three strong endothermic and exothermic are due to decomposition steps with the formation of CdO as a final product with 26.89% (calc. 26.87%). From DTA, two endothermic peaks in the temperature range 280.3˚C - 400.7˚C overlapped with one peak in TGA which corresponds to elimination of CH4 + 5CO, Table 6.

The [Hg (H3L)2Cl2(H2O)2] complex, Table 6, showed two well defined peaks at 363.80 and 629.40 ˚K from the DTA data with activation energies of 15.61 and 18.21 kJ/mole. Their orders of reactions are 1.55 indicating 2nd order and 1.37 indicating 1st order. The two lines are intercepting with each other at 505.05 ˚K (phase transition). The first peak is endothermic and the second is exothermic. Also, the TGA data gave two peaks, the first one is due dehydration of coordinated water molecules while the rest peak is due to thermal decomposition of ligand and sublimation of Hg in temperature range 180˚C - 560˚C with the formation of carbon residue as a final, Figure 5.

The [CO2Ni(HL)2(OH)2(H2O)4]·H2O complex, Table 6, showed three peaks at 588.46, 617 and 628 ˚K with activation energies 511.06, 298.89 and 363.11 kJ/mole, their orders of reactions are 1.09, 1.20 and 1.17, respectively. All peaks are of the first order. The first and second peaks are exothermic and the third is endothermic. However, the TGA data gave two peaks, the first one is due to

Figure 5. Thermolysis of [Hg(H3L)2Cl2(H2O)2] complex.

elimination of water molecules and HCN and the second step is due to the decomposition step ended with the formation of 2CoO + NiO as a final product. From DTA, the last two peaks in the temperature range 335.9˚C - 488.3˚C overlapped to give one peak in TGA which corresponds to the loss of 5H2O + HCN.

The thermolysis of mixed [Ni2Cu(HL)2(OH)2(H2O)4]·H2O complex, Table 6, showed four peaks at 469.52, 480.18, 494.24 and 680.75 ˚K with activation energies 124.24, 162.07, 400.81 and 352.57 kJ/mole. Their orders of reactions were 1.09, 1.78, 1.54 and 1.45, respectively. All peaks are exothermic. The first and the fourth peaks are of the first order, the second and the third peaks are of the second order type. However, the TGA data gave two peaks, the first one is due to dehydration process of outer and coordinated water molecules and the second step is due to the decomposition step ended with the formation of 2NiO + CuO as a final product with 37.25% (calc. 37.45%). From DTA, three exothermic peaks in the temperature range 80.1˚C - 359.7˚C overlapped to give one peak in TGA which corresponds to the loss of water molecules, Figure 6.

4.6. Differential Scanning Calorimetry

DSC curves are obtained for [Fe2(H2L)2Cl2(OH)2(H2O)2]·2H2O,

[Co(H2L)2(H3L)]·3H2O, [Cu2(H2L)2(SO4)(H2O)2], [Zn(H2L)2(H2O)2]·4(H2O) and

Figure 6. Thermolysis of [Ni2Cu (HL)2(OH)2(H2O)4]·H2O complex.

[Cd (H2L)2(H2O)2]·H2O complexes, recorded under a flow of N2. The glass transition temperature (Tg) exhibits dehydration process followed by thermal agitation [41] - [46]. The crystallization temperature (Tc), will have gained enough energy to move into very ordered arrangements after that it gave off heat through an exothermic transition. This is compatible with the explanation of TGA for these complexes. For all systems (Tg) is at 137.2˚C - 220˚C, [Fe2 (H2L)2Cl2(OH)2(H2O)2]·2H2O complex have the highest value Tg, where this complex of octahedral geometry with two water molecules in the inner sphere,

Figure 7 The crystallization temperature (Tc) is at 227.3˚C - 277.9˚C. DSC

Figure 7. DSC curves for [Fe2L2Cl2(OH)2(H2O)2]·2H2O. (a) Dependence of heat flow on temperature. (b) Dependence of specific heat on temperature © Variation of Cp/T versus T.

plot is used to carefully determine the melting temperature through an endothermic transition. There is no melting temperature (Tm) in all these complexes except [Fe2(H2L)2Cl2(OH)2(H2O)2]·2H2O has Tm, 305.8˚C, Table 7. However, the Debye model [47] [48] is applied to describe capacity change over a large temperature range. The Cp can be represented as the following empirical form: Cp = aT + b, Plotting Cp versus T, a straight line is obtained, a and b parameters can be determined from the slope and intercept of the line, respectively. Debye model on selected complexes is given from the following equations [47] [48].

C p = α T 3 + γ T C p T = α T 2 + γ

where, γ and α are the coefficients of electronic and lattice capacities, respectively. Cp is the heat capacity. Plots of Cp/T versus T2 should yield straight lines with α slope and intercept γ, Table 8.

4.7. Biological Activity

Five microorganisms representing different microbial categories, {two Gram-positive (Staphylococcus Aureas ATCC6538P and Bacillus subtilis ATCC19659), two Gram negatives (Escherichia coli ATCC8739 strain and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC9027) [49] [50] bacteria and one fungal species Candida albicans (ATCC 2091) were used. The study included orotic acid and some of its metal complexes. Two different broad antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin and Clotrimazole) are used as references. Ligand showed antimicrobial activity

Table 7. Glass, crystallization and melting temperatures of selected complexes.

Table 8. Debye equation parameters for selected complexes.

Table 9. Antibacterial and antifungal activity against some reference strains expressed in absolute activity (AU).

against Gram-positive bacteria and Gram negative and has no activity against Candida albicans. [Ni2(H2L)2(SO4)]·5H2O and [Hg(H3L)2Cl2(H2O)2] complexes showed antimicrobial activity against all the test organisms, Table 9. Hg- complex is the most effective.

5. Conclusion

The complexes of orotic acid were synthesized and characterized by different spectroscopic methods. The stoichiometry of complexes was determined by the analytical data. The complexes have different geometries. The Nujol mull electronic spectra confirmed the expected results. An ESR spectrum of copper was studied for binary and mixed complexes. The spectral data confirmed that orotic acid acts as a bidentate ligand. Some complexes showed antibacterial and antimicrobial activity against some strains. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters were calculated from the differential thermal analysis curves. All complexes were thermally decomposed under nitrogen atmosphere.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this research article.


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