Speciation Studies of Some Toxic Metal Complexes of Glycylglycine in Propylene Glycol–Water Mixtures

  • MT Zekarias
  • GN Rao
Keywords: Speciation, complex equilibria, glycylglycine, propylene glycol, stability constants


The formation equilibria of complexes of Pb(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II) with glycylglycine were investigated pH-metrically in propylene glycol-water mixtures (0–60 % v/v) at 303 K and an ionic strength of 0.16 mol L–1. The dominant species detected were ML+ and ML2H22+ for Pb(II); MLH2+ and ML2H+ for Cd(II) and ML+,ML2 and ML2H+ are for Hg(II). The appropriateness of the experimental conditions was verified by introducing errors deliberately in the concentrations of ingredients and volume of the solution. The models containing different numbers of species were refined by using the computer program MINIQUAD75. Selection of the best fit chemical models was based on statistical parameters. The trend in variation of stability constants of the complexes with dielectric constant of the medium was attributed to electrostatic and non-electrostatic forces. Distribution diagrams and plausible equilibria for the formation and possible structures of the complex species are presented.

Keywords: Speciation, complex equilibria, glycylglycine, propylene glycol, stability constants


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