Poly(8-hydroxy-4-azoquinolinephenol-formaldehyde) resin (8H4AQPF) was prepared by condensing 8-hydroxy 4-azoquinoline phenol with formaldehyde (1 : 1 mol ratio) in the presence of oxalic acid. Polychelates were obtained when the DMF solution of poly(8H4AQPF) containing a few drops of ammonia was treated with the aqueous solution of Cu(II) and Ni(II) ions. The polymeric resin and polymer–metal complexes were characterized with elemental analysis and spectral studies. The elemental analysis of the polymer–metal complexes suggested that the metal-to-ligand ratio was 1 : 2. The IR spectral data of the polychelates indicated that the metals were coordinated through the nitrogen and oxygen of the phenolic OH group. Diffuse reflectance spectra, electron paramagnetic resonance, and magnetic moment studies revealed that the polymer–metal complexes of the Cu(II) complexes were square planar and those of the Ni(II) complexes were octahedral. X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the polymer metal complexes were crystalline. The thermal properties of the polymer and polymer–metal complexes were also examined. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 101: 1506–1510, 2006
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