Abstract

Anhydrous MnBr<sub>2</sub> was dissolved slowly in molten <i>tetra-n-</i>butylphosphonium bromide, TBP<sup>+</sup>Br<sup>−</sup> (Alfa Inorganics) to form a yellowish green solution. Samples of 0.056 mole/liter concentration were prepared in an atmosphere of pure dry nitrogen. Then successive additions of MnBr<sub>2</sub> resulted in the corresponding solutions of 0.296, 0.372, 0.396, 0.948, 1.1966, and 2.4067 moles/ liter concentrations. The molten samples were transferred to a quartz cell of path length 1.0 ± 0.0005 cm and the spectra were recorded on a digitalized Cary model 14 spectrophotometer using the furnace as described earlier MnBr<sub>2</sub> (2.4067 moles/liter)-rich mixture of TBP<sup>+</sup>Br<sup>−</sup> supercooled to a glassy material, the spectra of which were recorded at 25.5, 112, and 158°C using a reduced path length of 0.1 ± 0.0005 cm. The spectrum of the solvent was recorded at 112 and 158°C using the same optical cell and path length.

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