Lanthanide Chemistry

Date Sat 12 January 2013
 
Tags chemistry

In graduate school, the main project I worked on was the synthesis of the lanthanide coordinating molecule (ligand) shown below. The planned goal of this project was to try and coordinate two lanthanide atoms (dinuclear) into one ligand and then explore the electronic properties of the resulting complex.


Things didn't go quite as planned and instead of crystallizing a two lanthanide complex, I was only able to get a single lanthanide complex. The crystal structure I got of the europium complex below shows that there is only one ligand wrapped around one europium atom.


Bad news! I wasn't ready to throw the whole project out yet though. I thought that there might be a chance that the ...

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