Gas chemical investigation of hafnium and zirconium complexes with hexafluoroacetylacetone using preseparated short-lived radioisotopes Academic Article uri icon


  • Volatile metal complexes of the group 4 elements Zr and Hf with hexafluoroacetylacetonate (hfa) have been studied using short-lived radioisotopes of the metals. The new technique of physical preseparation has been employed where reaction products from heavy-ion induced fusion reactions are isolated in a physical recoil separator - the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator in our work - and made available for chemistry experiments. Formation and decomposition of M(hfa)4 (M = Zr, Hf) has been observed and the interaction strength with a fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) Teflon surface has been studied. From the results of isothermal chromatography experiments, an adsorption enthalpy of -Ha = (573) kJ/mol was deduced. In optimization experiments, the time for formation of the complex and its transport to a counting setup installed outside of the irradiation cave was minimized and values of roughly one minute have been reached. The half-life of165Hf, for which conflicting values appear in the literature, was measured to be (73.9 0.8) s. Provided that samples suitable for -spectroscopy can be prepared, the investigation of rutherfordium (Rf), the transactinide member of group 4, appears possible. In the future, based on the studies presented here, it appears possible to investigate short-lived single atoms produced with low rates (e.g., transactinide isotopes) in completely new chemical systems, e.g., as metal complexes with organic ligands as used here or as organometallic compounds. by Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Mnchen.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Duellmann, C. E., Gregorich, K. E., Pang, G. K., Dragojevic, I., Eichler, R., Folden, C., ... Nitsche, H.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Düllmann, Ch E||Gregorich, KE||Pang, GK||Dragojevic, I||Eichler, Robert||Folden III, CM||Garcia, MA||Gates, JM||Hoffman, DC||Nelson, SL||Sudowe, Ralf||Nitsche, Heino

publication date

  • August 2009