The complexing of Eu(fod)(3) with macrocyclic, ethers, benzocrown-5, benzocrown-4, dibenzocrown-6, dibenzocrown-7 and dibenzocrown-8 was observed on their H-1-NMR spectra and the selective binding constants at 400 MHz and 305 K in CDCl3 were reported. The Eu(fod)3 interaction displayed the selective binding role of oxygen on macrocyclic, H2C-O-CH2, backbones with o- or m-dioxyphenyl groups referring the H-1 chemical shifts. The estimated equilibrium constants, K-a of 1: 1 ratio of interactions were in accordance with the Eu3+ ionic radii to bind the oxygen sites depending on the macrocyclic size and conformation of the ethers. The minimum lanthanide-macrocyclic ether distance displayed the maximum stability so that benzo[3n]crown-n (n = 4, 5) group was found to bind the Eu(fod)3 moderately whilst dibenzo[3n + 2]crown-n (n = 6-8) oligomer chemical shifts were induced largely since the such Eu3+ complexes are more stable with larger ethyleneoxy groups. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.