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J Phys Chem B. 2011 Nov 24;115(46):13534-40. doi: 10.1021/jp208546a. Epub 2011 Oct 28.

Iron chelation by polyamidoamine dendrimers: a second-order kinetic model for metal-amine complexation.

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Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENB 118, Tampa, Florida 33620, USA.


This study presents a kinetic model of the chelation of iron ions by generation 4 hydroxyl-terminated polyamidoamine (PAMAM) with ethylenediamine core (G4-OH). The coordination processes of iron ions from ferric chloride, FeCl(3), and ferrous bromide, FeBr(2), to G4-OH dendrimers were analyzed using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) spectroscopy, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). In the visible region, a charge-transfer was observed when the dendrimer was added to a ferric chloride solution. This phenomenon is a ligand-to-metal charge-transfer (LMCT) between the free electron group of the dendrimer's internal amines and the dehalogenated iron ion that takes 2 h to complete at room temperature. Analysis of potential rate laws and diffusion effects led to a second-order kinetic model for this reaction. By measuring the rate coefficients as a function of temperature (22-37 °C), an apparent activation energy of 41.5 kJ/mol was obtained using the Arrhenius method. The results of this study will fuel research of PAMAM dendrimers for environmental, pharmaceutical, and materials applications.

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