Fungicidal and Spectral Studies of Some Triphenyltin Compounds

George Eng, Deborah Whalen, Primrose Musingarimi, John Tierney, Michael DeRosa

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In the interest of developing a more effective fungicide to combat Dutch elm disease, our laboratories have synthesized several triphenyltin carboxylates and some 1:1 addition compounds of triphenyltin chloride using 2,3-disubstituted thiazolidin-4-ones as the ligand and screened them in vitro against Ceratocystis ulmi, the causative agent of Dutch elm disease, using a shake culture method. Elemental analyses and spectroscopic data indicate that the structures of the carboxylates in the solid state are monomeric with a tetrahedral tin atom with the exception of the furan-2-carboxylic acid derivative, which was found to be polymeric. The triphenyltin chloride adducts are trigonal-bipyramidal with the three phenyl groups in the equatorial plane. Far-infrared data indicate that the three phenyl groups are not co-planar. Screening results for both series of organotins indicate that these two classes of compounds are effective inhibitors of Ceratocystis ulmi, with the adducts having a higher activity. The furan-2-carboxylic acid derivative has a markedly decreased activity compared with the other carboxylates and this is attributed to its polymeric structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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