The two complexes of [Ln(CA)3bipy]2 (Ln = Tb and Dy; CA = cinnamate; bipy = 2,2′-bipyridine) were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared
spectra, ultraviolet spectra, thermogravimetry and differential thermogravimetry techniques. The thermal decomposition behaviors
of the two complexes under a static air atmosphere can be discussed by thermogravimetry and differential thermogravimetry
and infrared spectra techniques. The non-isothermal kinetics was investigated by using a double equal-double steps method,
the nonlinear integral isoconversional method and the Starink method. The mechanism functions of the first decomposition step
of the two complexes were determined. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH≠, ΔG≠ and ΔS≠) and kinetic parameters (activation energy E and the pre-exponential factor A) of the two complexes were also calculated.