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Anal Sci. 2007 May;23(5):601-4.

Spectrophotometric determination of oxalate ion with N,N'-diethyl-N,N'-[[4,4'-dihydroxy-1,1'-binaphthalene]-3,3'-diyl]bisbenzamide and copper(II).

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  • 1Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka, Japan.


A simple and rapid spectrophotometric method for the determination of oxalate ion was established by the fading of a colored complex between N,N'-diethyl-N,N'-[[4,4'-dihydroxy-1,1'-binaphthalene]-3,3'-diyl]bisbenzamide and copper(II). Beer's law was obeyed in the concentration range of 0.1 - 2.0 microg cm(-3) for oxalate ion, with an effective molar absorptivity at 533 nm and the relative standard deviation being 8.0 x 10(3) dm(3) mol(-1) cm(-1) and 1.0% (n = 5), respectively. This proposed method has excellent reproducibility, and was applied to recovery tests of oxalate ion in tap water and human urine; the results were satisfactory. This is suggested that the method is based on the reaction of copper(II) to copper(I) with oxalate ion.

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