Journal of Solution Chemistry

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 639–653 | Cite as

Complex Formation Equilibria Between Zinc(II), Nitrilo-tris(Methyl Phosphonic Acid) and Some Bio-relevant Ligands. The Kinetics and Mechanism for Zinc(II) Ion Promoted Hydrolysis of Glycine Methyl Ester

  • Mahmoud M. A. Mohamed
  • Ahmed A. El-Sherif


Binary and ternary complexes of zinc(II) involving nitrilo-tris(methyl phosphonic acid (H6A) and amino acids, peptides (HL), or DNA constituents have been investigated. The stoichiometry and stability constants for the complexes formed are reported. The results show that ternary complexes are formed in a stepwise manner whereby nitrilo-tris(methylphosphonic acid) binds to zinc(II), which is then followed by coordination of an amino acid, peptide or DNA. Zinc(II) was found to form ZnA and ZnAH n complex species where n=3, 2 or 1. The stabilities of the ternary complexes are compared with the stabilities of their corresponding binary complexes. The concentration distributions of the various complex species have been evaluated. The kinetics of the base hydrolysis of glycine methyl ester in the presence of Zn(II)-NTP complexes was studied in aqueous solution using a pH-stat technique. The pK a for ionization of the coordinated water molecule is 9.14 as determined from the kinetic results, while direct potentiometric titration of the complex [Zn(NTP)(H2O)] gave 9.98 (±0.02). The rate constant for the intramolecular attack of coordinated hydroxide on the ester is k=(2.65×10−4±0.003) dm3⋅mol−1⋅s−1.


Zinc(II) formation equilibria Nitrilo-tris(methylphosphonic acid) Bio-relevant ligands Kinetics of hydrolysis Glycine methyl ester 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sciences and Mathematics, New-Valley Faculty of EducationAssiut UniversityAssiutEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceCairo UniversityGizaEgypt

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