The first rare-earth (RE) thiosulfate complexes, RE(S2O3)69-, have been crystallized via room-temperature reactions and structurally characterized through single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The incorporation of KCl was essential to their successful crystallization. Then through the use of both solvent-layering and heating techniques, these complexes can undergo structural changes through breaking the thiosulfate S-S bond and forming the sulfite anion (SO32-). Using the former approach, two novel lanthanide mixed thiosulfate-sulfite compounds were synthesized; moreover, through the addition of low-temperature heating time, a new structure with a higher proportion of sulfite to thiosulfate was produced. These syntheses and techniques open the door to a new family of unexplored complexes containing hard lanthanide cations and soft thiosulfate anions. The 23 compounds discussed herein show how simple changes to the synthetic process illuminate manipulatable redox reactions able to produce unique rare-earth thiosulfate materials.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics