Two aromatic Schiff base derivatives and the corresponding metal complexes with different substituted groups were synthesized and characterized by many methods. The products were characterized by UV-Vis spectra, FT-IR spectra and thermal analysis, while the thermal stability was measured by TG-DTA instrument. FT-IR analysis indicated that the nitrogen atom in imino group and oxygen atom in phenolic hydroxyl group participated in coordinating with transition metal ion in different bridged mode. UV spectra also verified that different coordination modes can be performed between metal ions and ligands. In addition, the thermal stability of metal complexes had been obviously superior to that of the ligands. All results give a useful clue to obtain Schiff base derivatives with versatile property by regulating intramolecular substituted group and species of metal ion. The present results have showed potential application in fields of functional material and catalyst.