A new lanthanum(III) complex containing acetylacetone and 1 H -imidazole

Atsuya Koizumi, Takuya Hasegawa, Atsushi Itadani, Kenji Toda, Taoyun Zhu, Mineo Sato

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In the title complex, diaqua(1H-imidazole-κN 3)(nitrato-κ 2 O,O′)bis(4-oxopent-2-en-2-olato-κ 2 O,O′)lanthanum(III), [La(C 5 H 7 O 2) 2 (NO 3)(C 3 H 4 N 2)(H 2 O) 2 ], the La atom is coordinated by eight O atoms of two acetylacetonate (acac) anions acting as bidentate ligands, two water molecule as monodentate ligands, one nitrate anions as a bidentate ligand and one N atom of an imidazolate (ImH) molecule as a monodentate ligand. Thus, the coordination number of the La atom is nine in a monocapped square antiprismatic polyhedron. There are three types of intermolecular hydrogen bonds between ligands, the first involving nitrate-water O⋯H - O interactions running along the [001] direction, the second involving acac-water O⋯H - O interactions along the [010] direction and the third involving an Im-nitrate N - H⋯O interaction along the [100] direction (five interactions of this type). Thus, an overall one-dimensional network structure is generated. The molecular plane of an ImH molecule is almost parallel to that of a nitrate ligand, making an angle of only 6.04(12)°. Interestingly, the ImH plane is nearly perpendicular to the planes of two neighbouring acac ligands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1739-1742
Number of pages4
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • acetylacetone
  • crystal structure
  • imidazole
  • lanthanum complex


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