Rare earth picrate complexes
with L-leucine (Leu) were synthesized and
characterized. Elemental analysis (CHN), EDTA titrations and thermogravimetric
data suggest a general formula RE(pic)32Leu⋅5H2O
(RE=La–Lu, Y and pic=picrate).
IR spectra indicate the presence of water and suggest that L-leucine is coordinated
to the central ion through the nitrogen of the aminogroup. The absorption
spectrum of the solid Nd compound indicates that the metal-ligand bonds show
a weak covalent character. Emission spectra and biexponential behavior of
the luminescence decay of the Eu compound suggest the existence of polymeric
species. Thermal analysis results indicate that all the compounds present
a similar behavior, with five major thermal decomposition steps. The final
products are rare earth oxides. A slow heating rate is necessary to observe
all decomposition steps.