Skip to Main Content

About Acetylacetonates

Acetylaceton Formula Diagram (C5H8O2)

Acetylacetonates are coordination complexes derived from acetylacetone and metal salts, most often salts of transition metals. These compounds allow many metal ions to be soluble in organic solvent, in contrast to most metal salts. This allows them to be used as catalyst precursors and reagents in reactions which occur in organic phase in chemical synthesis.

Acetylacetonates are frequently used as shift reagents in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a research and analysis technique that exploits magnetic properties of atomic nuclei to provide detailed information about a chemical substance. Additionally, some acetylacetonates can be used as precursors for deposition of thin films using metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) or atomic layer epitaxy (ALE). Aluminum acetylacetonate has been used in MOCVD way to deposit films of crystalline aluminum oxide, while ALE can be used to deposit gallium oxide from gallium acetylactetonate. The latter compound can also be used as a precursor to catalytic growth of gallium nitride nanostructures.

Acetylacetonates Products

American Elements manufactures multiple forms of acetylacetonate compounds including solutions, nanopowders, submicron, and -325 mesh powders, and high surface area materials with particle distribution and particle size controlled and certified. We also produce larger -40 mesh, -100 mesh, -200 mesh range sizes and <0.5 mm, 2 mm, 5 mm and other sizes of shot, granules, lump, flake and pieces. Purities include 99%, 99.9%, 99.99%, 99.999% and 99.9999% (2N, 3N, 4N, 5N and 6N).

American Elements maintains industrial scale production for all its acetylacetonates products and will execute Non-Disclosure or Confidentiality Agreements to protect customer know-how.

Recent Research & Development for Acetylacetonates

  • Shirui Yang, Xiaodong Yu, Chengwen Tan, Yandong Wang, Honglei Ma, Kexue Liu, Hongnian Cai, Growth kinetics and microstructure of MOCVD iridium coating from iridium(III) acetylacetonate with hydrogen, Applied Surface Science, Volume 329, 28 February 2015
  • Raffaele Molinari, Pietro Argurio, Teresa Poerio, Vanadyl acetylacetonate filled PVDF membranes as the core of a liquid phase continuous process for pure phenol production from benzene, Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 476, 15 February 2015
  • O. Berezina, D. Kirienko, A. Pergament, G. Stefanovich, A. Velichko, V. Zlomanov, Vanadium oxide thin films and fibers obtained by acetylacetonate sol–gel method, Thin Solid Films, Volume 574, 1 January 2015
  • Elizaveta P. Shestakova, Yuri S. Varshavsky, Victor N. Khrustalev, Galina L. Starova, Sergei N. Smirnov, Rhodium(III) cationic methyl complexes containing dimethylformamide ligand, cis-[Rh(β-diket)(PPh3)2(CH3)(DMF)][BPh4] (β-diket = acetylacetonate or benzoylacetonate), in comparison with their acetonitrile analogs, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 774, 15 December 2014
  • Reihaneh Kardanpour, Shahram Tangestaninejad, Valiollah Mirkhani, Majid Moghadam, Iraj Mohammadpoor-Baltork, Farnaz Zadehahmadi, Efficient alkene epoxidation catalyzed by molybdenyl acetylacetonate supported on aminated UiO-66 metal−organic framework, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Available online 15 December 2014
  • Frédéric Dumur, Marc Lepeltier, Hossein Zamani Siboni, Didier Gigmes, Hany Aziz, Phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices (PhOLEDs) based on heteroleptic bis-cyclometalated complexes using acetylacetonate as the ancillary ligand, Synthetic Metals, Volume 198, December 2014
  • Piotr Rytlewski, Laser-assisted metallization of composite coatings containing copper(II) acetylacetonate and copper(II) oxide or copper(II) hydroxide, Surface and Coatings Technology, Volume 259, Part C, 25 November 2014
  • Debraj Dhar Purkayastha, Bedabrat Sarma, Chira R. Bhattacharjee, Surfactant controlled low-temperature thermal decomposition route to zinc oxide nanorods from zinc(II) acetylacetonate monohydrate, Journal of Luminescence, Volume 154, October 2014
  • L. Castañeda, A. Maldonado, J. Vega Pérez, M. de la L. Olvera, C. Torres-Torres, Electrical and optical properties of nanostructured indium doped zinc oxide thin films deposited by ultrasonic chemical spray technique, starting from zinc acetylacetonate and indium chloride, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Volume 26, October 2014
  • Mei Ling Chua, Youchang Xiao, Tai-Shung Chung, Using iron (III) acetylacetonate as both a cross-linker and micropore former to develop polyimide membranes with enhanced gas separation performance, Separation and Purification Technology, Volume 133, 8 September 2014