Date Thesis Awarded


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Deborah Bebout

Committee Members

Sarah Day

William McNamara

Robert Pike


Group 12 metal ion complexes of mixed N,S donor ligands N-(2-mercaptoethyl) picolylamine (L) and N-(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-(2-(methylthio)ethyl)-N-(2-thioethyl)-amine (L') were studied. Characterization of the known complex ion [Zn(ZnL2)2]2+ was complemented by X-ray crystallography of a new acetonitrile solvate of the perchlorate salt, ESI-MS and variable temperature NMR studies. In addition, five solvates of the novel alkylthiolate bridged mixed metal complex [Hg(ZnL2)2](ClO4)2 were formed through either indirect and direct methods. Further characterization of the mixed metal complexes was done through variable temperature NMR, ESI-MS and X-ray crystallography. In addition, an unusual bicyclo spiro [5.5] complex with formula [Zn((ZnL')2(m-OH))2](ClO4)4 was prepared and characterized by X-ray crystallography. Characterization of this complex in acetonitrile solution by variable temperature NMR and ESI-MS studies indicated possible formation of a (ZnL¢)4+4 macrocycle as observed for Hg(II) with L', but no evidence for the carbonate complexes formed by Cd(II) with L'.