Lanthanide(III) complexes [Ln(NO3)(2)(HL)] where Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu and LH2 = N,N'-bis(quinolin-8-ol-2-ylmethylidene)ethane-1,2-diamine, have been obtained by direct reaction of the di-Schiff base ligand and the corresponding hydrated lanthanide( III) nitrates in methanol/DMF solvent systems. All complexes were characterized with microanalyses, spectroscopically (IR and electronic spectra) and thermogravimetrically. Theoretical studies have also been undertaken to estimate possible structures. All the data are discussed in terms of the nature of the bonding and the possible structural types. All complexes appear to be monomeric with the organic ligand being singly deprotonated and behaving as a hexadentate chelating ligand.