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  • Authors: Moore, Jennifer Anne (2006)

  • The recent surge of interest in Lanthanide (Ln) chemistry is focused on the synthesis and characterization of new families of mixed-valence Ln complexes for potential applications in electronics. Accessing mixed-valence systems in Ln chemistry has so far been difficult due to the lack of information available on these elements in an oxidation state other than the common Ln(III) state. We are interested in devising a series of complexes that feature two discrete Ln(II) metals ions and, via controlled intramolecular electron transfer, we aim to oxidize one of the Ln(II) species to a Ln(III), thus generating a mixed-valence complex. Although intramolecular electron transfer has been reported previously for a handful of Ln complexes, the transfer was spontaneous. The reaction of the ...