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Laser-induced fluorescence and infrared spectroscopic studies on the specific solvation of tris(1-(2-thienyl)-4,4,4-trifluoro-1,3-butanedionato)europium(III) in an ionic liquid

Okamura, Hiroyuki  ; Sakae, Hiroki*; Kidani, Keiji*; Hirayama, Naoki*; Aoyagi, Noboru  ; Saito, Takumi*; Shimojo, Kojiro  ; Naganawa, Hirochika ; Imura, Hisanori*

The extraction constant and the two-phase stability constant of tris(2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonato) europium(III) between 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N]) as an ionic liquid and an aqueous phase were determined by considering the extraction equilibria. Specific solute-solvent interactions between the neutral Eu(III) chelate and [C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N] molecules were revealed from the relationships between the distribution constant of the enol form of 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone (Htta) and the distribution constant ($$K$$$$_{rm D,M}$$) of the neutral Eu(III) chelate. The coordination environment of Eu$$^{3+}$$ in the neutral Eu(III) chelate in [C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N] was investigated by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy and infrared absorption spectroscopy. Both methods consistently indicated that not only the Eu(III)chelate extracted but also Eu(tta)$$_{3}$$(H$$_{2}$$O)$$_{3}$$ synthesized as a solid crystal were almost completely dehydrated in [C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N] saturated with water. Consequently, the higher $$K$$$$_{rm D,M}$$ or extractability of the neutral Eu(III) chelate in the [C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N] system can be ascribed to the dehydration of the Eu(III) chelate, which is caused by the specific solvation with [C$$_{4}$$mim][Tf$$_{2}$$N] molecules.

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