Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society 2003 Volume 68, Issue 10, Pages: 751-763
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Spectral and thermal behaviors of rare earth element complexes with 3,5-dimethoxybenzoic acid

Ferenc Wieslawa, Walkóv-Dziewulska Agnieszka, Chrušciel Janusz

The conditions for the formation of rare earth element 3,5-dimethytoxybenzoates were studied and their quantitative composition and solubilities in water at 293 K were determined. The complexes are anhydrous or hydrated salts and their solubilities are of the orders of 10-5 – 10-4 mol dm-3. Their FTIR, FIR and X-ray spectra were recorded. The compounds were also characterized by thermogravimetric studies in air and nitrogen atmospheres and by magnetic measurements. All complexes are crystalline compounds. The carboxylate group in these complexes is a bidentate chelating ligand. On heating in air to 1173 K, the 3,5-dimethoxybenzoates of rare earth elements decompose in various ways. The hydrated complexes first dehydrate to form anhydrous salts which then decompose in air to the oxides of the respective metals while in nitrogen to mixtures of carbon and oxides of the respective metals. The complexes are more stable in air than in nitrogen.

Keywords: 3,5-dimethoxybenzoates, rare earth elements, thermal stability of 3,5-dimethoxybenzoates, magnetic properties of complexes