Al(III)-binding properties of iminodiacetic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid and their mixed carboxylic-phosphonic derivatives

M. Kilyén, A. Lakatos, R. Latajka, I. Labádi, A. Salifoglou, C. P. Raptopoulou, H. Kozlowski, T. Kiss

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Potentiometric, 1H, 31P NMR spectroscopic and X-ray studies were carried out to investigate the complex formation of Al(III) with iminodiacetic acid (IDA), nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), their mixed carboxylic-phosphonic and purely phosphonic derivatives. The stability constants of the complexes formed were determined at 25°C and at 0.2 mol dm-3 ionic strength (KCl). It was found that substitution of CO2- by PO32- increases the overall stability of the complexes, due to the higher basicity of the phosphonic groups. However, the higher spatial requirement of the phosphonic moiety and the greater electrostatic repulsion between the dinegatively charged PO32- moieties over-compensate this effect, resulting in a somewhat weaker metal binding capacity for the phosphonic derivatives. According to the 1H NMR spectra of Al(III) complexes of IDA, complex formation renders the two protons of each CH2 group inequivalent, while the CH2 groups of NTA and its derivatives remain chemically and magnetically equivalent in their Al(III) complexes. As no symmetrical arrangements of the donor atoms in their Al(III) complexes can be expected with most of the ligands, the rate of intramolecular rearrangement motions of the binding functional groups seems to be different for the IDA and the NTA derivatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3578-3586
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - nov. 6 2002


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