In the present work, the effect of some newly synthesized Schiff bases containing. sulphur nitrogen as heteroatom was investigated on mild steel corrosion in acidic media. Electrochemical studies of the mild steel samples were performed in an aerated solution of 0.1 M HCl + dimethyl sulphoxide (DMS) as co-solvent. DMS is also behaving as a corrosion inhibitor for mild steel. At low inhibitor concentration and short immersion time one can see only the inhibitive effect of DMS as anodic inhibitor for mild steel. At high concentration and long immersion time inhibition efficiencies are increased and cathodic inhibition is observed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.