The equilibria and structure of complexes formed between the Ca 2+ ion and the heptagluconate (Hglu-) ion in both neutral and alkaline solutions have been studied. In alkaline solutions an uncharged, multinuclear complex is formed with the composition of Ca3Hglu 2(OH)4 (or [Ca3Hglu2H -4]0) with an unexpectedly high stability constant (lg β32-4 = 14.09). The formation of the trinuclear complex was deduced from potentiometry and confirmed by freezing-point depression measurements and conductometry as well. The binding sites of Hglu- were determined from NMR measurements. Besides the carboxylate group, the O atoms on the second and third carbon atoms proved to be the most probable sites for Ca2+ binding.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry