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  • 1 Cairo University Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science Cairo Egypt
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Solid complexes of five derivatives of thio-Schiff bases with La(III) and Ce(III) ions were prepared and characterized by elemental and thermogravimetric analyses. The suggested general formula of the solid complexes is [ML2(H2O)X]·2H2O, whereM=trivalent lanthanide ion,L=Schiff base andX=Cl or ClO 4 . Information about the water of hydration, the coordinated water molecules, the coordination chemistry and the thermal stability of these complexes was obtained and is discussed. Additionally, a general scheme of thermal decomposition of the lanthanide-Schiff base complexes is proposed.