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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 32, Number 11
BKCSDE 32(11)
November 20, 2011 

 
Title
Effect of Crown Ring Size and Upper Moiety on the Extraction of s-Block Metals by Ionizable Calixcrown Nano-baskets
Author
Kobra Pourabdollah *, Bahram Mokhtari
Keywords
Nano-basket, Solvent extraction, Calixcrown, Upper rim, s-Block Metals
Abstract
Eight ionizable nano-baskets of cone 25,26-di(carboxymethoxy)calix[4]arene-crown-3,4,5,6 were synthesized and were verified by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The competitive solvent extractions of alkali and alkaline earth metal cations were studied using such nano-baskets. The novelty of this study is including three binding units of calixarene's bowl, crown ether's ring and electron-donor ionizable moieties in a unique scaffold to assess the binding tendency towards the cations. The objective of this work is to study the extraction efficiency, selectivity and pH1/2 of such complexes. The result of solvent extraction experiments indicated that these compounds were effective extractants of alkali and alkaline earth metal cations. Their selectivities were greatly influenced by the acidity of solution and the conformations of the calixcrown. One conformer was selective to Na+ in pH ≥ 4, while the other was highly selective to Ba2+ in pH 6 and upper.
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3979 - 3990
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