A simple synthesis of tetrahydrofuran complexes of lanthanoid trichlorides: Convenient substitutes for anhydrous lanthanoid chlorides

Glen B. Deacon, Tiecheng Feng, Siegbert Nickel, Brian W Skelton, Allan H White

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Reaction of lanthanoid metals with hexachloroethane in tetrahydrofuran under ultrasonication conditions gives LnCl3(thf)n (Ln = La, Nd, Sm, n = 2; Ln = Gd, Yb, n = 3; Ln = Er, n = 3.5, thf = tetrahydrofuran) in good yield; the X-ray crystal structure of [YbCl3(thf) 2]2, derived from YbCl3(thf)3 by prolonged treatment with pentane, reveals a chloride-bridged octahedral dimer with trans thf ligands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328-1329
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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