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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 497956, 10 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Thermal Characterization of Lanthanide(III) Complexes with Mercaptosuccinic Acid and Hydrazine as Ligands

1Department of Chemistry, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore 641013, India
2Department of Chemistry, SNS College of Technology, Coimbatore 641035, India

Received 27 January 2012; Revised 11 July 2012; Accepted 12 July 2012

Academic Editor: Marc Visseaux

Copyright © 2013 S. Devipriya et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Reaction of hydrazine and mercaptosuccinic acid with metal ions forms complexes with general formula [Ln(N2H4)2 CH2(COO)CH(SH)(COO) 1.5]·(H2O), where Ln = La(III), Pr(III), Nd(III), Sm(III), and Gd(III) at pH 5. The complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV-visible spectroscopic, thermal and X-ray diffraction studies. The IR data reveal that the acid moiety in the complexes is present as dianion due to the deprotonation of COOH groups by lanthanides in these complexes, leaving –SH group unionized and hydrazine as bidental neutral ligand showing absorptions in the range of 945–948 cm−1. The thermoanalytical data evince that the complexes are stable up to 103°C and undergo complete decomposition in the range of 550–594°C resulting in metal oxides. SEM images of La2O3 and Gd2O3 residues show their nano sized clusters suggesting that the complexes may be used as precursors for nano La2O3 and Gd2O3, respectively. X-ray powder diffraction patterns show isomorphism among the complexes. The kinetic parameters of the decomposition of the complexes have been computed by Coats-Redfern equation.