Aims: The aim of this research work is to synthesise, study and analyse
photocatalytic degradation, kinetics.
Background: Copper(II) mustard thio urea complex has been synthesized and
characterized through FT-IR, NMR, ESR studies.
Objective: Photocatalytic degradation of copper(II) mustard thio urea complex was studied
in the presence of ZnO as a catalyst in the solution form, using a non polar solvent benzene
and a polar solvent methanol with different compositions. Antibacterial activities of
copper(II) complex have also been studied against Staphylococcus aureus.
Method: O.D. was measured after different time intervals spectrophotometrically to
measure the degradation of the complex.
Mueller-Hinton agar medium was used for antimicrobial activity of the synthesized
compound at different concentrations by disk/ well diffusion susceptibility testing.
Result: Plot of 2+ log O.D. (absorbance) versus time was plotted and found to be linear.
The heterogeneous photocatalysis followed pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. The present
study suggests that the CMT complex shows antibacterial activity at different concentrations.
Conclusion: The rate of photocatalytic degradation of CMT complex was studied and analyzed.
It has been found that the rate of degradation varies with different parameters like
the concentration of complex, the amount of catalyst, light intensity, solvent polarity etc.
The CMT complex derived from natural mustard oil has shown an inhibitory effect on the
growth of S. aureus which may cause skin diseases.