Special Issue "Coordination Chemistry of Rare-Earth Metals"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Gerd Meyer

Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität zu Köln, Greinstraße 6, D-50939 Köln, Germany
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Interests: rare-earth and transition metal; solid state; coordination chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rare-earth metals are a group of 17 elements including the 14 lanthanoids. They are special in that the core-like 4f orbitals are filled consecutively. They can all be trivalent exhibiting a similar behavior in coordination compounds, but one has to take the lanthanide contraction into account. Some elements (like cerium) can also adopt the tetravalent state. Much richer is the chemistry of reduced rare-earth compounds, with an alkaline-earth-like divalent state with only 4f orbitals occupied, and a variety of possibilities when an electronic configuration crossover from 4f to 5d appears. In organometallic compounds these divalent rare-earth ions can be isolated, in solid-state compounds cluster may form, in almost all cases encapsulating a main-group or transition-metal atom.

Work from all areas of rare-earth coordination compounds is welcome, not only synthesis and crystal structure determination but also work on (physical) properties related to crystalline materials. Routine structure determinations are discouraged.

Prof. Dr. Gerd Meyer



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  • synthesis of rare-earth coordination compounds
  • crystal structures of rare-earth coordination compounds
  • magnetism
  • optical properties (luminescence)
  • catalysis
  • precursors for materials design

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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