A series of new mercury(II) azine Schiff base complexes have been synthesized and characterized from the initial use of phenyl-2-pyridyl ketone azine in Hg-II chemistry. The synthetic/crystallization technique utilized involved the use of a branched tube, where temperature differential allowed for the slow crystallization of the products. The synthesized compounds are the mononuclear [Hg(L)Cl-2] (1), [Hg(L)Br-2] (2), [Hg(L)(NO2)(2)] (3), and the dinuclear [Hg-2(mu-L)(SCN)(4)] (4) coordination compounds, as well as a 1D coordination polymer [Hg(L)(mu-I)(2)HgI2](n) (5) (L = phenyl-2-pyridyl ketone azine). From the X-ray data, it is evident that this versatile ligand functions as a bi- or tridentate chelate, and is also able to bridge two H-II centers. The crystal structures of 1 and 2 are similar, both containing two crystallographically independent Hg-II molecules, one tetrahedrally coordinated and one exhibiting trigonal bipyramidal geometry. The heptacoordinated Hg-II center in 3 adopts a distorted capped trigonal prismatic coordination sphere, while in the dinuclear complex 4, the metal ions are bridged via the bis(bidentate) L and each center is also bound to two S-bonded thiocyanate units. The one-dimensional coordination polymer in 5 consists of a tetrahedral HgI4 and a trigonal bipyramidal HgN3I2 chromophore unit, bridged by mu-I- bridges. The thermal stability of the crystal lattice in 1-5 follows the pattern 3 > 1 > 2 > 5 > 4, as studied by TG/DTA, while the TG data of 1,2, and 5 are similar, but different than the respective ones for 3 and 4, between which important similarities are observed. In the solid state, the ligand and compounds 1-5 exhibit intraligand pi -> pi* fluorescence at room temperature. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.