The thermal decomposition of the complexes Mg(SCN)2(2-OHpy)4·H2O(I), Mg(SCN)2(quin)4·2H2O(II) and Mg(SCN)(quinox)4·5H2O(III) (2-OHpy–2-hydroxypyridine, quin–quinoline, quinox–quinoxaline) has been investigated in static air atmosphere at 20–1000 °C by means of thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The composition of the complexes had been identified by means of elemental analysis and complexometric titration. The possible scheme of destruction of the complexes is suggested. The final product of the thermal decomposition was MgS. IR data suggest that heterocyclic ligands were coordinated to Mg(II) through the nitrogen atom of their heterocyclic ring. Thiocyanate group is also coordinated through the nitrogen atom.
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