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1.4 CHEMICAL SCIENCES, 1.6 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Biophysics, 3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

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A series of complexes incorporating Zn(II), Cu(II), and Pd(II) ions, and 4-(5-heptyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)benzene-1,3-diol (L1) as model ligand, was synthesized in order to examine the nature of potential interactions between biologically active ligands, 1,3,4-thiadiazoles and metal ions with proven biological relevance. The structures of the compounds isolated were characterized using a number of spectroscopic methods including IR, Uv–vis, AAS, steady state and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF). The results obtained suggest that the L1-Zn(II) and L1-Pd(II) complexes consist of one molecule of L1 and one acetate ion acting as ligands, while the L1-Cu(II) complex adapts a 2:1 (L1: metal) stoichiometry. The coordination of L1 to metal ions occurs most likely via one of the deprotonated hydroxyl groups of the resorcinyl moiety and one of the N atoms of the thiadiazole heterocycle.