Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
equilibrium constant, europium-glucosamine, europium(III) complex, luminescence, pH ~ 7.4, triflic acid
LUMINESCENCE STUDIES OF EUROPIUM(III) - D-GLUCOSAMINE
COMPLEXES IN WATER
by Triny Trinh Pham
Lanthanide complexation interactions measured by luminescence have become
interesting topic in recent years. Europium is a rare earth metal and the Eu(III) ion is a hard acid; when Eu(III) and a monosaccharide ligand are present, a complex may be formed. The goal is to determine the equilibrium constant KEuL between the europium ion and a D-glucosamine ligand. At 25oC and pH ~ 7.40, a physiologically important pH, adding D-glucosamine enhanced the luminescence of 0.0025 M Eu(III). As the concentration of ligand increased, the emission intensity was also increased. The measurement of a hypersensitive peak at 614 nm indicated a complex reaction at pH ~ 7.40. The equilibrium constant of KEuL was found to be 29.24. Based on the FTIR and laser experiments, the results confirmed that D-glucosamine attached to the europium
ion (Eu3+) at pH ~ 7.40; there was no evidence that hydrolyzed Eu(III) was present in the complexation.
Pham, Triny Trinh, "Luminescence studies of Europium (III) - D-glucosamine complexes in water" (2012). Master's Theses. Paper 4159.