Hydrothermal synthesis and structural characterization of ammonium ion-templated lanthanide(III) carboxylate-phosphonates
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Using N-(phosphonomethyl) iminodiacetic acid (H4PMIDA), as a complexing agent, two new complexes, (NH4)La(PMIDA)(H2O)•H2O, 1 and (NH4)Yb(PMIDA), 2 have been synthesized hydrothermally. In both compounds, the metal ions are trapped by a three five-membered chelate rings by the chelating PMIDA anions giving a tricapped trigonal prismatic LaO8N and monocapped trigonal prismatic YbO6N geometries for 1 and 2, respectively. The structure of 1 consists of La(PMIDA)(H2O) chelating units, linked together by the phosphonate oxygen atoms O1 and O3 to form a chain along the c-axis. The chains are then connected together by the bridging phosphonate oxygen O2 to form a 2D layered structure with alternating 4- and 8-membered apertures. The structure of 2 consists Yb(PMIDA) chelating units, which are connected by alternating bridging carboxylate and phosphonate groups along the  direction forming chains with a corrugated pattern. The third phosphonate oxygen bridges the chains together along the  direction to build the two-dimensional layer with 4- and 6-membered apertures in the bc-plane. Under excitation of 330 nm, compound 2 shows a broad emission band at λmax = 460 nm. This emission is essentially in the blue luminescent region, which corresponds to ligand centered fluorescence.
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Ayi, A. A., Kinnibrugh, T. L., & Clearfield, A.