Calcium complexing behaviour of lactate in neutral to highly alkaline medium

Csilla Dudás, Bence Kutus, Éva Böszörményi, G. Peintler, Amr A.A. Attia, Alexandru Lupan, Z. Kele, Pál Sipos, István Pálinkó

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The calcium complexing properties as well as the acid-base behaviour of D,L-lactate have been investigated in both neutral and alkaline media by Ca-ISE potentiometry, 13 C NMR spectroscopy, ESI-MS spectroscopy and solubility measurements. In close to neutral solutions the formation of the CaLac + and CaLac 2 0 complexes were detected with formation constants of logK 1,1 = 0.99 ± 0.02 and logβ 1,2 = 1.42 ± 0.03 (I = 4 M, T = 25 °C). These data are consistent with previously reported literature data measured at lower ionic strengths. The alkaline deprotonation constant of lactate has been determined to be pK a = 15.8 ± 0.2. In highly alkaline medium, the formation of the CaLacOH 0 and CaLac(OH) 2 complexes were detected with the corresponding formation constants being logβ 1,1,1 = 1.35 ± 0.09 and logβ 1,1,2 = 1.43 ± 0.06. The structures of the CaLac + and CaLacOH 0 complexes were optimized by molecular modelling calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-498
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2019


  • Ca complexing properties of D,L lactate
  • ESI-MS spectroscopy
  • Molecular modelling
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Neutral and alkaline medium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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