Some new five coordinated ZnLX2 complexes, where L is N-3-Schiff base ligand obtained by condensation reaction between diethylenetriamine and (E)-3-(2-nitrophenyl)acrylaldehyde and X (Cl-, Br-, I-, N-3(-) and NCS-), were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, H-1 and (CNMR)-C-13, UV-visible, ESI-mass spectra and molar conductivity measurements. The structures of zinc iodide and thiocyanate complexes were determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis. The X-ray results showed that the Zn (II) center in these complexes is five-coordinated in a distorted trigonal-bipyramidal configuration. Zinc iodide and thiocyanate complexes crystallize in the monoclinic and triclinic systems with space groups of C2/c and P1 with eight and two molecules per unit cell respectively. The crystal packing of the complexes consists of intermolecular interactions such as C-H center dot center dot center dot O and C-H center dot center dot center dot S, N center dot center dot center dot O, together with pi-pi stacking and some other unexpected interactions. The mentioned interactions cause threedimensional supramolecular structure in the solid state. Zinc complexes were also prepared in nano-structure by sonochemical method confirmed by XRD, SEM and TEM analyses. Moreover, ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by direct thermolysis of zinc iodide complex. Furthermore, antimicrobial and thermal properties of the compounds were completely investigated. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.