Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes of methyl-5-(Phenylthio) benzimidazole-2-carbamate: Molecular structures, spectral and DFT calculations
[Co(FBZ)2(H2O)]·2NO3·0.5H2O (1), [Ni(FBZ)2X2]·zH2O (X = Cl-, z = 0.5 (2) and X = CH3COO-, z = 1 (3)) and [Cu(FBZ)2(H2O) (NO3)]·NO3·1.5H2O (4) (FBZ = methyl-5-(Phenylthio) benzimidazole-2-carbamate; Fenbendazole) complexes were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, thermal, IR, EPR, UV-Vis, magnetic and conductance measurements. Geometry optimization, molecular electrostatic potential maps and natural bond orbital analysis were carried out at DFT/B3LYP/6-31G∗ level of theory. FBZ behaves as a neutral bidentate ligand via the pyridine-type nitrogen of the benzimidazole moiety and the carbamate group. Three-step ionization with pKa values of 3.38, 4.06 and 10.07 were reported for FBZ. The coordination of FBZ to the metal ions led to an increase in the antibacterial activity against the tested Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacteria.