The first amorphous and crystalline yttrium lactate: synthesis and structural features†
The synthesis and crystal structure of the first molecular yttrium lactate complex, Y(Lac)3(H2O)2, is reported, where the coordination sphere of yttrium is saturated with lactate ligands and water molecules, resulting in a neutral moiety. In Y(Lac)3(H2O)2, hydrogen bonding between α-hydroxy groups and water molecules allows for the formation of 2D layers. A subtle variation in synthetic conditions, i.e. a slight increase in pH (5.5 instead of 4.5) promoted the formation of a semi-amorphous fibrous material with a presumed chemical composition of Y4(OH)5(C3H5O3)7·6H2O. The flattened fibres in this material are responsible for its good flexibility and foldability.